Interim Executive Solutions has developed a network of highly accomplished professionals with experience leading both nonprofit and for profit organizations. Our associates bring general expertise in key areas such as assessing organizational needs, determining and acting on priorities, developing the capacity of staff, communicating with stakeholders and collaborating with nonprofit boards on vision, strategy and future leadership needs.
In addition, many of our associates have deeper expertise in particular practice areas such as finance, fund-raising, human capital, systems and operations, technology, public relations and the law, and they are willing share their knowledge in these areas when needed by others.
Here we highlight just a few of the associates in our network:
Art Buckland is a Board Member, entrepreneurial business leader, trusted advisor and growth architect with a distinguished and time-tested record of success revitalizing and transforming operations to advance business mission and enhance stakeholder value. He is a multidimensional and agile business architect who ignited growth and profitability in public and privately held businesses in seven countries, ranging from startups to billion-dollar global enterprises in diverse industries, including capital equipment, clean energy, manufacturing, industrial products, supply chain, water, and solar.
More recently, Art has served as an Interim Executive Director for a Boston-area nonprofit, and also as a Board Member for other local nonprofits. His strong executive presence is instrumental in building relationships with c-suite executives, employees, board members, customers and investors.
Susan Getman, MSW has orchestrated services for children, youth and families through municipal and state government as well as nonprofit organizations. Her programs and services have addressed mental health, substance abuse, special education, and youth development and public health prevention.
As the third President & CEO of the $22 Million Walker School, Susan lead a transformation of Walker’s organizational culture, physical resources and programs that span two campuses in the Greater Boston area, in addition to community-based behavioral health services and statewide advocacy, consultation and training programs. Prior to that Susan was Senior Director for Strategic Consulting at Casey Family Programs and Deputy Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Social Services where she oversaw services to 48,000 families and a $750M budget supporting 4,000 staff reforms that radically changed the state agency’s child welfare practice model.
Growing up in the shadow of the nation’s capital during the era of civil rights and other social and political movements, Susan continues to advocate for social justice, particularly related to racial equity and to the civil rights of LGBTQ people.
Mike Halperson is a seasoned, experienced, flexible leader. His style is highly collaborative and inclusive and he has demonstrated the ability to manage teams through challenging transitions with highly satisfactory outcomes, some of which were complete turnarounds.
His experiences include Interim CEO of a Greater Boston medical academic-detailing nonprofit, Interim Managing Director of a for-profit software company, Chair of the Board of Directors of a multi-hospital healthcare system, and President of a suburban nonprofit nursing/home care agency. He has also served on many nonprofit and for-profit boards including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, New England Conservatory of Music, Kryptonite Corporation, Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, Business Products Industry Association, Norwood Hospital and Cape Cod Sea Camps.
Mike has hands-on experience in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Planning, and General Management with profit-and-loss responsibility. He studied at Union College (Schenectady, NY), University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Denver. He was also a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force.
For 30+ years Patrice Keegan has built nonprofits that improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Her “sweet spots” are organizational development, change management, innovation, partnerships, and finance. She has worked with organizations with 5 to 200 FTEs and budgets from $275K to $30 million; and is adept at fostering conditions that bring to life Gandhi’s belief that “A sign of a good leader is not how many followers you have but how many leaders you create.”
Key leadership roles have included Executive Director at Boston Cares, Director of Administration and Finance at Codman Square Health Center, founding Director of Codman’s CivicHealth Institute, and Co-Faculty Director at the Nonprofit Management and Leadership Certificate Program at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. She has served on local and national Boards of Directors, including Points of Light, Fenway Community Health Center, HandsOn Network, and the New England Women’s Fund.
Patrice has a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies cum laude from Harvard University. She is a proud native of New Jersey and a longtime Boston resident.
Jim Letts has served in the nonprofit field for over 35 years. He has a wide range of experience and skills from residential camping to CEO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA, a non-profit with over 550 employees and multiple facilities. Areas of expertise include board development, strategic planning, fund raising, government relations, individual and family housing, program development, building and design management, community relations, organizational collaborations, and budgeting.
During his career, Jim has raised over $20M having initiated four annual campaigns and five capital campaigns. He has also written and received grants from $1M to $3.65M. The capital campaigns led to three new buildings and multiple major renovations where he served as the GC and worked with the design team and engineers.
Jim’s expertise has led him to take the helm of three nonprofits that were in the red for a significant period of time. All three organizations operated in the black within the first year of his leadership. His strategic planning, staff and board development led each of these organizations to sustained financial and mission success that continues today.
Alexandra’s work focuses on nonprofit planning and management. A specialty is developing funding through grants, individual donations, and cooperative agreements, and she has deep experience with foundations, corporations, local, state, and federal government, nonprofits of various constructs, and public-private partnerships. Her niche expertise resides in historic preservation, the arts, and humanities.
She is experienced in leadership facilitation, business and strategic planning, and organizational development. Senior positions in change management and start-up management include the Dietrich American Foundation, the State Justice Institute, the Harvard Astrophysical Observatory, and the Hingham Heritage Museum, along with others. As an Interim Executive Director, Alexandra led the Museum of Arts and Design, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the Bates College Museum of Art. At the Corporation for National Service, her excellence in organizational and assessment skills paired with her strong writing and a long history of process, procedure, and policy development, led to a restructuring of the $400m grant awarding office.
During her career, Alexandra has raised and managed millions of dollars and initiated and led multi-year projects for several of the top American art collections in the country.
Bob Zimmerman cofounded an athletic academy early in his career, serving as its headmaster for 13 years, placing all graduates in competitive colleges and 14 on US national teams. He then stepped into a new career as Executive Director of the Charles River Watershed Association. Over nearly 30 years under his direction, he expanded the focus of the organization to include scientific research and analysis, ecosystem and land-use planning, land and water regulation reform, and restorative technology development, while winning major battles to restore and protect the Charles River and its parklands. In 2011 CRWA won the $350,000 International River Foundation’s Theiss International Riverprize for exceptional river management. US EPA now calls the Charles the cleanest urban river in America.
He is creative and visionary, with strong skills in assessment, prioritization, and institutional development. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Michigan University, and did continuing studies in finance, computer applications, and management at the University of Vermont and the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. He was named a River Network River Hero, received the Gulf of Maine Council’s Visionary Award, and EPA New England’s Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award, all in 2018.