Search and Talent Testimonials

Search Testimonials

As chair of the Search Committee for Vice President for Alumni and College Relations, I am very happy that we chose Lindauer. Not only did the firm find perfect matches for Berea’s unique culture of advocacy, they presented three exceptional and diverse finalists – making our ultimate decision difficult but supremely satisfying. Our Search Director conducted every step of the process with clear, objective vision and sage advice. I would highly rate Lindauer as a valuable partner when searching for the right development and advancement leaders.
Derrick Singleton
Vice President for Operations and Sustainability/Search Committee Chair — Berea College
After working successfully with Lindauer at a previous employer, I returned to them to help me identify my most senior colleague. My Search Director did a superb job shaping and executing the search. The depth and caliber of the talent pool pleased everyone involved in the process. In many ways it was the best search I have ever experienced, and I will most certainly work with the firm again.
Fred Van Sickle
Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development — Cornell University
Emerson College was looking to build an Institutional Advancement leadership team and chose Lindauer to help us do it. We could not have been more pleased with the process. Our Senior Consultant was focused and deliberate, and found just the right professionals to promote a positive view of the College and deepen alumni affinity and philanthropy. These were exciting opportunities for consummate communicators, storytellers, and strategic alliance builders – and Lindauer delivered on all three.
Ronald Korvas
Vice President for Institutional Advancement — Emerson College
Lindauer impressed us on a number of levels during the searches the firm has conducted. Each time the process was skillful and efficient. Our Search Director communicated often and well, and presented a strong candidate pool that reflected top priorities of both the hiring manager and other key members of the Academy. There was obviously deep referencing, as candidates seemed fully vetted with detailed summaries of their strengths and potential. We are very pleased with the results.
Thomas P. Lockerby
Secretary of the Academy — Phillips Academy
Lindauer has placed many development professionals at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center over the years, from Directors of Development to Major Gift Officers, even difficult to fill positions, like a Director of Operations. One of the great benefits of their service is the deep talent pool they present; we’ve actually found ourselves hiring more than one of their recommendations. Their Search Team possesses an uncanny ability to find just the right professionals for the intense academic medicine pace – no small feat in the highly competitive New England healthcare market. I wouldn’t hesitate to call on the firm again.
Kris Laping
Senior Vice President of Development — Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
We wanted a Chief Development Officer who would connect well with passionate, sophisticated donors, and the staff at Lindauer got that. Our Search Director truly understood what we do: our culture, our nuances, and why we defend the principles preserved in the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights, U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Lindauer delivered candidates who really related to our mission, and we had a wealth of leadership talent to choose from.
Carol Rose
Executive Director — ACLU of Massachusetts
Lindauer did an excellent job finding and placing our Vice President of Philanthropy. I’m a fan of the entire experience with the firm and our Search Director in particular. She and the Lindauer team truly understood who we are, our unique place in the musical world, and who would be the best choice to fit our culture and lead our development team. I highly recommend Lindauer for finding development leaders for the arts, or any sector.
Trey Devey
Former President — Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra & May Festival
Even though the bulk of my experience was in higher education, the Search Team at Lindauer recognized my ability to take best practices that I have learned and gathered over the years and implement them to the best of my abilities in a different environment. The result is a job that I love, one that empowers me and allows me to motivate others. I would recommend Lindauer to those searching for philanthropic talent and to those looking for that new and exciting career step.
Brian Kish
President — Emeril Lagasse Foundation
I've connected with many recruiters throughout my career and this experience was by far the best I've ever had. It was clear that my Search Consultant had an in-depth understanding of the client's needs and how my skill sets would fit their requirements. It was also very apparent that her client trusted her judgement. I intend to refer great professionals to Lindauer in the future.
Tina Burgelman
Director of Development, School of Education — University of San Francisco
We were looking for a visionary leader to manage our Development program. This was a key role at Operation Healing Forces (OHF), where we help active-duty and recent veterans heal in preparation to return to the fight or transition successfully into civilian life. We wanted a person who was resourceful, adept at thinking strategically, and able to translate plans into action. Lindauer found such a leader, one who was excited about joining a thriving organization supporting a heart-wrenching mission. Our experience could not have been better.
Gary Markel
Founder and Chairman — Operation Healing Forces

Talent Management Testimonials

As we prepared for an unprecedented $3 Billion (now $5 Billion) comprehensive campaign, we needed to understand exactly how our investment in top talent –recruiting, on-boarding, developing, and retaining the best in the advancement business –would directly impact our engagement, participation, and dollar success. After a thorough analysis, Dr. Jon Derek Croteau delivered a multi-year blueprint on how we could build not just one of the best talent management programs in the profession but also how we could achieve a level of alumni relations and development effectiveness Northwestern University had never seen before.
Robert A. McQuinn & Karyn Reif
Vice President of Alumni Relations and Development; Senior Associate Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Alumni Relations and Development — Northwestern University
In a time of transition and change, the executive coaching and leadership advising Dr. Jon Derek Croteau provided was not only thoughtful and thought-provoking but also steeped in concrete feedback and sound counsel.We were able to invest in actionable professional development initiatives and achieve measurable goals and outcomes.
Damon Cates
Executive Director, Alumni Relations & Development — The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
There are many different ways for leaders and managers to develop their potential, but none more effective than engaging a leadership coach and advisor.Through my work with Dr. Jon Derek Croteau, we collaboratively set clear, measurable, and sustainable goals that would help refine and nuance how I lead, manage, and inspire the people around me.We used a variety of approaches including a 360 feedback process to achieve my professional and personal growth goals.
Dondi L. Cupp
Associate Vice President of Development — University of Michigan
After the milestone achievement of closing our billion-dollar-campaign, I wanted to assess, analyze, and measure the success of our investments in our talent.Dr. Jon Derek Croteau did just that.Through his methodical assessment process, he helped me and my leadership team evaluate which talent management investment strategies worked and which ones didn’t have as much of an impact.It was an invaluable organizational assessment for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Division of Development & The Jimmy Fund.
Susan S. Paresky
Former Senior Vice President&Chief Philanthropy Officer — Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
At the moment I was promoted to Chief Development Officer to lead the global development operation at NRDC I turned to Lindauer for trusted counsel to help me think through, conceptualize, and deliver the most effective organizational structure. Because they knew our organization well from serving as our search partner on critical hires, engaging them in this strategic way was efficient, seamless and helpful. Ultimately I implemented a structure that I know will lead NRDC Development to a new level of fundraising success.