Placements / News

Highlights of a few completed placements and News

February 2023 – Following the retirement of its current long tenured CEO, Leading Age Wisconsin, a state-wide professional membership association, has partnered with Spano Pratt Executive Search to identify the successor and next President and CEO.  

December 2022   Vincent Lyles has been selected to become the new executive director of Milwaukee Succeeds,  a “cradle-to-career” education initiative focused on racial equity and systems change.  Jamie Pratt, managing partner of Spano Pratt led the search assignment. 

January 2023Spano Pratt Executive Search is pleased to announce the recruitment of Dale Kooyenga as the Senior Vice President for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce (MMAC),the leading professional business association in Wisconsin serving as the pro-business advocate and leader of effective collaborations that grow the region’s economy.Rose Spano Iannelli, managing partner of Spano Pratt led the search assignment.

January 2023  The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission also known as SEWRPC, has retained Spano Pratt Executive Search to recruit its new Executive Director. This position is equivalent to that of Chief Executive Officer of the Commission. Rose Spano Iannelli, managing partner of Spano Pratt will lead the search assignment.

September 2022 The board of directors of  Portland Water District in Portland, Maine has selected Seth Garrison as General  Manager.  This search was led by Rose Spano Iannelli.The Portland Water District serves 11 cities and towns in the Greater Portland, Maine area with a combined population of approximately 215,000 residents.

April 2022 The board of directors of  Special Olympics Wisconsin has selected Chad Hershner for the next CEO.  This search was led by Rose Spano Iannelli.

September 2022 – UMOS has selected Renee Dudley as its next Chief Financial Officer.  The position serves as a strategic partner to the leadership team providing input to position UMOS for sustainable and successful financial performance.  This search was led by Rose Spano Iannelli

January 2022After an extensive and rigorous search, Achieve Brown County (ABC), Green Bay, WI  is pleased and proud to announce that Sarah Beckman has accepted the position of Executive Director.   This search was led by Jamie Pratt, managing partner of Spano Pratt.

September 2021The board of directors of Guest House Milwaukee completed their search for the next CEO with the selection of Mike Williams.  In this role, Mike will lead the ongoing efforts to eradicate homelessness in Milwaukee. 

September 2021After an extensive search, The National Council of State Boards of Nursing, based in Chicago has selected Linda Doerr as their leader of Human Resources. Linda will bring her expertise in organizational development talent as the Council continues its global expansion.

August 2021 The Board of Directors of Lad Lake today announced that Donelle Hauser will be the organization’s next President & Chief Executive Officer. Hauser succeeds Dan Magnuson who, earlier this year, announced his plans to retire after more than seven years of leadership at Lad Lake and 30 years as a transformational nonprofit leader.

August 2021The Milwaukee Art Museum has selected Linda Woods as their first Chief Human Resource Officer.  In this role, Linda will lead aspects of the new strategic plan as it relates to aligning talent and the diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility initiative.

July 2021 Jayne Tettenborn, SPHR has been selected  as the Chief Human Resource (CHRO) Officer for Lutheran Home and Harwood Place based in Wauwatosa, WI.  Jayne brings extensive experience in healthcare as well as expertise in the full body of human resource knowledge.  This search was led by Jamie Pratt.

June 2021 The Sojourner Family Peace has retained Spano Pratt to identify the new the Vice President of Operations and CFO.  This search is being led by Jamie Pratt.

February 2021 The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has hired Kenyatta Sinclair as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. In this new role, she will lead the effort to fully incorporate a racial equity lens into all aspects of the Foundation’s work and relationships.  Jamie Pratt worked closely with the GMF on this search.

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November 2020 – Briarpatch Youth Services, a social service agency based in Madison, WI has selected Gloria Reyes as the next Executive Director.  Rose Spano Iannelli worked with the search committee to identify the required competencies and successfully completed this search.

July, 2020 – After a successful search, Lauren Feaster will begin in August as the next chief executive officer of Professional Dimensions.   Feaster now serves as the chief of staff for Teach for America-Milwaukee, where she has worked for the past five years. Congratulations to Jamie Pratt who completed this search on behalf of the organization.

May, 2020 – Following an extensive national search; Vivent Health announced today the addition of Margaret Grebe Lidstone as Vice President and Chief Development Officer to its growing leadership team. Lidstone who is originally from Milwaukee area,  brings to the team more than 20 years of experience in HIV/AIDS, fundraising and external relations. She will be responsible for Vivent Health’s nationwide fundraising and philanthropic partnerships. Jamie Pratt managed the national search.

April, 2020 –  Award-winning entertainment management executive Kevin Sucher has been named executive director of nonprofit and noncommercial 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.  The search was completed by local executive search firm Spano Pratt Executive Search.  Kevin who is a Milwaukee executive has devoted his career to the music profession is committed to the mission of music and multimedia as a platform for positive change.

April, 2020 – Vivent Health (formerly Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin), a national healthcare organization has selected Joyce Nwatuobi as Vice President of Integration.  Joyce brings operational excellence within the healthcare sector including most recently with Aurora/Advocate.

March, 2020 – The Marcus Performing Arts Center selected Kendra Ingram as the new President & Chief Executive Officer.  Kendra will succeed Paul Mathews, who, earlier this year, announced his plans to retire after more than two decades of leadership of the Marcus Center. Kendra is a gifted, visionary leader with solid experience leading arts organizations making her a perfect fit to lead the Marcus Center into its next 50 years of success.

January, 2020 Following a nation search, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread announced Marcus White has been named President of the world-class Conferences that Inspire Solutions conference center. In this capacity, Mr. White will oversee strategic programming, partnerships, and business operations for the storied Racine, Wisconsin-based foundation. He has demonstrated passion for the mission and brings expertise in community foundation leadership.

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July, 2019 – Spano Pratt Executive Search has been selected to lead the national search for the President and CEO of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

July, 2019 National Funeral Directors Association, a global professional membership association has selected Lee Weinsch as Executive Director to lead the Funeral Services Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the organization.   She is skilled in leading professional membership organizations at a national level.

June, 2019 – Rogers Behavioral Health, a growing healthcare organization has selected Debbie Case as the Director of Revenue Cycle.  Debbie is certified in revenue cycle and brings over 20 years in healthcare finance.

April, 2019 – Lakeshore Technical College has selected Kristin Liphart, as Vice president of Advancement. She is a strategic and proactive institutional advancement professional with a history of building long-term productive relationships.

January, 2019 – Kay Amland was selected as the new Director of Development for the Washington County Humane Society. Kay brings 19 years of expertise in fundraising, marketing, and strategic planning.

January, 2019Once again and for 10 consecutive years, Spano Pratt Executive Search has been selected as one of the top 25 Retained Executive Search firms by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

January, 2019 – After an extensive search,  Cedar Community in West Bend, Wi, a continuum of care community has selected Joseph T. Pichler, CPA as the Vice President of Finance.

December, 2018 – The search for Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity ReStore director led in the selection of Dominic Jaehnke, who is skilled and passionate about the reuse movement.

July, 2018 – After a national search, ARCW of St. Louis, MO  has selected Tawnya Brown as the Vice President of Operations.  Tawnya brings her expertise as the recent Director of Operations Project ARK(AIDS/HIV Resources and Knowledge). This search was led by Jamie Pratt of Spano Pratt Executive Search.

July, 2018 – Excited to announce that The Siebert Lutheran Foundation has selected Charlotte John-Gomez as the President and COO.  This search was led by Rose Spano Iannelli of Spano Pratt Executive Search.

May, 2018 – Versiti, a leader in blood innovation,  has selected Kelley C. McCaskill as the new Vice President of Philanthropy.   In this role she will lead the philanthropy function of the Blood Center Research Institute.  Kelley comes to Versiti from Marquette University where she led a team of philanthropy officers.  This search was led by Rose Spano Iannelli of Spano Pratt Executive Search

May, 2018 – Curative Care has selected Michelle Weinschrott as the Director of Development.  In this role, Michelle will lead the charitable and philanthropic efforts of the organization.  This search was led by Jamie Pratt of Spano Pratt Executive Search.

April, 2018 – Spano Pratt is now offering New Leader Assimilation in response to popular demand.

April, 2018 – Excited to announce that after a national search, Kristen Mekemson has been selected by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.  As Vice President, she will lead a team focused on growing the Foundation’s assets while building opportunities for deeper engagement and co-investment with donors. This search was led by Jamie Pratt of Spano Pratt Executive Search.

March, 2018Spano Pratt Executive Search has been featured in Leading Women in Business features of the March issue of Fortune, Oprah and Entrepreneur magazine.

January, 2018 – For nine consecutive years, Spano Pratt Executive Search has been selected as one of the top 25 Retained Executive Search firms by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

January, 2018 – Spano Pratt Executive Search has been selected by The Siebert Lutheran Foundation, based in Milwaukee, WI  to identify the President and COO.

January 2018 – A thriving healthcare organization – ARCW has selected Spano Pratt Executive Search to conduct the search for the COO of the St. Louis, MO clinical operations.