Mary T. Wheeler, Senior Vice-President, has an exemplary career spanning more than three decades and hundreds of high-level, high-pressure executive searches. From her early work as a development professional with two prestigious nonprofits, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Phoenix House, Mary has been deeply invested in the success of mission-based organizations. Her 30-plus years of experience in executive search, which include her role as a partner and nonprofit specialist at two major generalist executive search firms, Lamalie Amrop International and Boyden International, have yielded a wealth of wisdom and unparalleled skill facilitating search committees.
Mary has specialized in conducting senior level assignments for social service agencies, foundations, educational, environmental and cultural institutions, and international non-governmental organizations.
Since joining DRG in 1996, Mary has broadened the firm's client base to include such organizations as the Environmental Defense Fund, Thirteen-WNET, United Way of New York City, Childreach, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the YMCA of New York City, Spence-Chapin Services, French-American Foundation, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Institute for Community Living, Friends of Acadia and Good Shepherd Services.
Mary received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College. She is a member of the Academy of Women Achievers and was profiled in the 1995 edition of The New Career Makers as one of the top 250 recruiters in the United States. She has been active as a volunteer and Board member of the YWCA of New York City and the Hudson Guild, a settlement house in Manhattan. Mary currently serves on the Board of the Frost Valley YMCA. She also sings with the Canterbury Choral Society and is a past president of that organization.
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Dara Z. Klarfeld, Managing Director, joined DRG in 2011 as a Consultant, with an eye to building the firm’s practice in education administration. With more than fifteen years of experience working in both the formal and informal Jewish education communities, Dara has a wealth of experience working with camps, Jewish Day Schools, and a variety of other education nonprofits. Most recently, Dara worked to identify and cultivate the next generation of leadership as Director of the Shapiro Family Fellowship at UJA-Federation of New York and as a consultant for a number of philanthropic community start-ups.
In her current work, Dara heads up executive search assignments for Heads of School and Principals of Jewish day schools, Jewish Community Centers, and a variety of other education-focused organizations. Dara also works closely with boards in helping them to strategize and manage their executive transitions. Her vast networks are central to her success in all the work that she does. Dara is also focused on and passionate about the field’s future: developing talent pools of next generation senior leadership in the nonprofit sector.
When she’s not working with clients, Dara enjoys rooting for (some) New York sports teams, reading interior design magazines, trying out new recipes for her family to taste, and wishing she was a professional folk guitar players/singer/songwriter. Dara received her B.A. from the University of Maryland. She also holds a master’s degree and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
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Sue Waterbury, Vice President, joined DRG after spending five years in nonprofit executive search in New York. Her areas of expertise are in helping international relief, poverty, and health and human services organizations recruit new leadership in the areas of development, finance and executive management.
Prior to her work in executive search, Sue spent more than twenty years working in the financial sector—beginning her career at Drexel Burnham Lambert and most recently at both Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, where she was Vice President for Institutional Sales in Fixed Income, Emerging Markets. As part of her tenure in finance, Sue was based for six years in the UK.
As a volunteer, Sue has spent time working in healthcare in Kenya and with microfinance organizations in India. Sue serves on the advisory committee of the Citizens Committee for Children, and has previously served on the board of Boys and Girls Harbor and EMPower.
When she’s not working or volunteering, you can find Sue on the golf course, playing one of many other sports or traveling. Sue is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of Villanova University, is married and lives in New York City and East Hampton.
Carmel Napolitano, Senior Consultant, joined DRG in January 2015. Carmel has a proven track record of successful recruitments for leadership positions in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Having over 10 years experience in executive search her successful placements include CEO/President/Executive Director level searches with leading international, national, and New York area associations and nonprofits with a special expertise in working with clients seeking to recruit fundraising talent.
Prior to her work in executive search, Carmel spent over 15 years in higher education fundraising at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. She then spent three years with CCS Fundraising, Inc. an international fundraising consulting firm where she served as Director of Research Services and Special Projects where she advised national and international clients on development research and prospect management.
A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Carmel served as co-chair for the Career Mentoring track for the 2012 and 2013 Fundraising Day in New York and also serves the board of Women in Development New York, where she co-chairs the Membership Committee.
From 2004 to 2007 Carmel was a lead instructor for the New York Junior League’s Nonprofit Board Clearinghouse (NPBC) course. NPBC trains individuals to serve as board leaders for non-profits. She is on the board of the Angelica Patient Assistance Program, a foundation with a mission to enhance the lives of economically disadvantaged patients in need of long-term medical care.
She received an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Center of Government.
A native of the Philadelphia area and enjoys spending time in the summer with family and friends in Ocean City, NJ. She is on a never-ending quest to become fluent in French and to move beyond advanced beginner status on the ski slope.
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Steven J. Goldberg, Consultant, brings to DRG more than 25 years of experience in the volunteer, health and human services and faith-based sectors, having spent the past 17 years as a senior nonprofit executive. Steve has a proven track record of leading successful change, strengthening leadership infrastructure and improving governance within complex mission-driven environments. He also has extensive experience as a key partner and advisor to Boards, Board Presidents and Executive Committees.
With a collaborative approach to identifying and recruiting talent, Steve brings a passionate and refreshing perspective to his role with the firm. He most recently served as the chief professional responsible for guiding B’nai Jeshurun, one of the nation's leading progressive synagogues. Steve was also the principal professional responsible for implementing the transition of Young Judaea Global as an independent organization from Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, where he held the position of both Executive Division Director and Member and Community Development Director.
He is a founding member of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, and a supporter of several New York, National, Hudson Valley and South Florida historical societies, museums and charities, including The Museum of Modern Art, Central Park Conservancy, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, God’s Love We Deliver, Fresh Air Fund, Preservation Society of Palm Beach and Special Olympics.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Steve received his B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in cross-cultural negotiation and conflict resolution. He also studied at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Steve lives on the Upper West Side and in the Catskills with his longtime partner, Greggor, and their pup, Grover. When he is not working, Steve enjoys collecting Contemporary and Post Modern Art, reading, cooking, traveling, perusing galleries and watching classic movies.
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Josh Elkin joins the DRG team as a Consultant after nearly 35 years of executive leadership in a variety of nonprofit organizations. He began his leadership odyssey by directing a synagogue-based religious school and then moved into the headship of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston - a position that he held for twenty years. During that time, the school underwent substantial growth which provided Josh with the opportunity to focus on critical issues facing nonprofits - board development, volunteer-professional partnership, recruiting and retaining talent, resource development, and creation of high performing leadership teams.
Josh was recruited to become the founding Executive Director of Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), a philanthropic collaboration of twelve philanthropists focused on seeding new Jewish day schools across North America. As the organization evolved and expanded to include working with established schools, Josh concentrated on the strategic priorities associated with attracting and sustaining effective leadership for literally hundreds of schools. Through this work, he interfaced regularly with sitting leaders, aspiring leaders, boards, search committees, and talent recruiters. After fourteen years of leading PEJE, Josh has stepped down from his position in order to create a private practice devoted to leadership and executive coaching.
At DRG, Josh will contribute toward the development of new strategies to support and expand DRG's work in the education sector and in the broader Jewish community. He will join DRG's consultants as they work with clients on developing both a strategic direction for their organization and on identifying the requisite leadership profile.
Josh lives in the Boston area with his wife, and together they have three grown children. He received a BA from Columbia College, and an MA and Ed.D. from Columbia Teachers College, and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Contact via email or LinkedIn
Kelsey A. Blagdon, Senior Associate, joined DRG in 2013, after three years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, where she held an Associate Director position, helping to facilitate after-school mentoring programs for at-risk kids that took place at over forty corporations throughout the city.
Kelsey has also worked with a variety of other nonprofits in the tri-state area, primarily agencies focused on health and human services and youth development, and continues to draw on her passion for mission-based organizations in her work with DRG.
Kelsey holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in social work with a focus in nonprofit management from Columbia University.
Originally from New Jersey, Kelsey currently lives in Manhattan, where she enjoys reading and trying out new recipes, but spends most of her free time with friends and family in the area, exploring what the city has to offer.
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Marlene R. Mlawski. After beginning her career in the financial sector, Marlene’s later work in for-profit executive search, combined with her passion for mission-based organizations, eventually attracted her to DRG. She brings to her work as an Associate, two decades of experience and carefully practiced skill in the areas of candidate development and full-cycle international search - as nearby as Montreal and as far as South Africa.
Prior to joining DRG, Marlene spent more than 15 years as a generalist at
Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest executive recruitment firm.
While there, Marlene successfully managed chief executive searches for a
variety of industries, from multinational corporations to entrepreneurial
start-ups. In her current role at DRG, she works closely with the
associates and consultants to strategically drive each search process and
diligently develop outstanding talent pools based on the specific needs of
Prior to joining DRG, Marlene spent more than 15 years as a generalist at Korn/Ferry International, the world’s largest executive recruitment firm. While there, Marlene successfully managed chief executive searches for a variety of industries, from multinational corporations to entrepreneurial start-ups. In her current role at DRG, she works closely with the associates and consultants to strategically drive each search process and diligently develop outstanding talent pools based on the specific needs of each client.
Fluent in German and proficient in French and Hebrew, Marlene is an avid
international traveler who grew up on the Swiss-German border and returned
to the United States to attend university. She received her bachelor’s
degree in European Literature and Urban Economics from Brandeis
University. Marlene resides on the upper west side with her husband and
two sons who all like to bike, hike, and camp near Woodstock.
Fluent in German and proficient in French and Hebrew, Marlene is an avid international traveler who grew up on the Swiss-German border and returned to the United States to attend university. She received her bachelor’s degree in European Literature and Urban Economics from Brandeis University. Marlene resides on the upper west side with her husband and two sons who all like to bike, hike, and camp near Woodstock.
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Tanisia Morris joins the DRG team as the firm's Communications Manager, with a background in public relations and journalism. She has contributed to campaigns and press releases as a public relations assistant and freelance writer for boutique agencies like PAI, and AM: Media Works— whose clientele includes nonprofits and startup companies in technology and education such as Newsela, Knowledge Delivery Systems and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
She graduated from Lehman College with a B.A. in multilingual journalism and a minor in mass communications. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in Working Mother magazine, Villager, New York Family, The New York Times' – The Local/ Fort Greene blog, New York Daily News and more. When she’s not working, she’s immersed in the arts.
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Jill Sarah Moscowitz brings over twenty years of experience with nonprofit and government employers to her work of helping DRG build strong relationships and client organizations. In her current role at DRG, Jill Sarah develops candidate pools and also leads searches for select DRG clients. Since she joined DRG in July 2006, she has been instrumental in identifying and recruiting outstanding leadership talent for nonprofits, particularly in the social services and healthcare sectors.
In addition to nonprofit executive search consulting, Jill Sarah’s areas of expertise include workplace mediation and group facilitation. Prior to joining DRG’s team, Jill Sarah worked with senior leaders in healthcare to provide training and dispute resolution services at all organizational levels. A past Chairperson of the Association for Conflict Resolutions --Workplace Section, Jill Sarah has written and presented extensively on the topic of understanding conflict in nonprofits.
Jill Sarah received her B.A. degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her M.P.H degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She received a master’s certificate in organizational conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peace, and studied advance conflict resolution at Harvard Negotiation Insight Initiative.
Jill Sarah is also a certified dance instructor and teaches dance in senior assisted living facilities to people of all ages and abilities.
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Jennifer Marie Thorne. Since joining DRG in 2001 as a researcher, Jennifer’s background now includes more than ten years of experience serving as an Associate on numerous executive searches for organizations that include international relief organizations, historic arts campuses, economic think-tanks, renowned research hospitals and more.
Given the eclectic portfolio of searches she has successfully completed, Jennifer prides herself on her ability to continually broaden DRG's network to include candidates from niche fields both inside and outside the nonprofit sector.
With a BFA in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Jennifer is a former actress, a trained light lyric soprano, a writer of fiction, and an untalented but enthusiastic pianist. Other interests include travel, boating, and spending time with her husband, son and very needy hound dog.
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Sarah Waldbott comes to DRG as an Associate with a background in the Jewish communal sector. She has worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations in New York and Metro Detroit in both professional and volunteer capacities. Over the years, she has honed her skills in development and philanthropy, community organizing, and advocacy.
Sarah received her BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. She also received a Master of Public Administration Nonprofit Management and a Master of Hebrew and Judaic studies at NYU through the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and the Skirball Department’s dual MPA-MA program.
Hailing from Oak Park, Michigan, Sarah now resides in Brooklyn. In her free time, she enjoys representing Michigan sports teams, exploring restaurants and cafes in Brooklyn, and spending time with her family in the city.
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Elise Riffel is a Junior Associate at DRG, where she works primarily with the firm's human services team to identify prospective candidates, develop outreach strategies and build upon the firm's extensive talent database. She thrives on helping DRG Consultants develop creative solutions to discover talented professional leaders with the skills, experiences, and training to help nonprofits accomplish their goals.
Elise previously served as DRG's Administrative and Research Associate. In her role, she managed research and outreach projects for searches involving environmental, healthcare, human services, education, public policy and Jewish organizations, such as the Environmental Defense Fund, Queens Center for Progress, Hospital Albert Schweitzer, and Bialik Hebrew Day School.
She studied Psychology at St. John's University, and served as an Assistant Vice President of Recruitment on the board of the university's National Pan-Hellenic Council while enrolled. When she's not looking for the perfect candidate, she enjoys reading fiction and attending museums and art exhibitions around the city.
As the newest member of the DRG team, Tani is expanding his knowledge of retained executive search by working closely with DRG's experienced team of Consultants and Associates to identify top talent and facilitate a positive candidate experience.
His interest in search is driven by his passion for talent management and industrial/organizational psychology as well as his desire to make a difference in nonprofit and the Jewish community.
He graduated from Yeshiva University with a BA in Psychology and has studied abroad as part of the Torat Shraga—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program in Jerusalem. Originally from Baltimore MD, Tani currently resides in Manhattan. When he's not working at DRG, he tutors adolescents in Hebrew, and helps to prepare local Jewish youth for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah.