Meet Our Consultants

TSNE MissionWorks has an experienced team of consultants and facilitators on staff with a wide range of skills, interests, and backgrounds. We also maintain a pool of independent consultants who we regularly engage to assist our clients with executive transitions.

Staff Consultants

Katie Barnett, Associate Director of Consulting and Training

Katie Barnett brings a range of experience to TSNE MissionWorks. In addition to consulting with McKinsey & Co., Bridgespan, and Root Cause, Katie worked in development at the Harvard School of Public Health and managed the Nonprofit Initiative at the Business Council of Southwest Connecticut. Before joining TSNE MissionWorks, Katie was the Associate Director at the Social Innovation Forum, where she provided consulting and advisory services to nonprofit organizations and funders.

Katie received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale College and a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management, where she focused on nonprofit management and strategy. Katie has a deep interest in advancing social and economic justice, and she is an active volunteer at First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, the Wily Network, and the Boston Ujima Project.

Owen Berson, Consulting Associate

Owen Berson is a consulting associate at TSNE MissionWorks specializing in human resources systems and training for nonprofits and foundations. Owen joined TSNE MissionWorks in 2016 as a Nonprofit Capacity Building Fellow, working on human resources consulting projects and the biennial Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce compensation and benefits survey. As a consulting associate, they support the consulting team designing and facilitating client engagements, conducting research, analyzing data, and project coordination. Owen is particularly committed to assessing and addressing the racial equity impacts of organizational systems, practices, and culture. 

Before their role at TSNE MissionWorks, Owen worked in local social service nonprofits and provided freelance consulting, facilitation and training to grassroots, social justice groups. Owen remains active in the community through volunteering and serving on boards of local social justice groups. Owen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies from Oberlin College.

Mimi Brunelle, Executive Search and Recruitment Specialist

Mimi Brunelle joined TSNE MissionWorks in 2008 and has been instrumental in developing the executive search function of the Consulting and Executive Transitions Program (CET). Mimi brings over 15 years’ experience in human resources management, providing consultation and leadership in both for- and nonprofit settings. As CET’s Recruitment Specialist, Mimi has recruited for over 70 mission-driven organizations in a wide variety of nonprofit sectors, with significant experience in housing and community development; education and youth development; museums and arts administration. Before joining TSNE MissionWorks, Mimi worked in a variety of industries as a human resources generalist. She has a B.A. in political science from McDaniel College and a graduate certificate in human resources management from Bentley University.

Jodi Dowling, Executive Search and Recruitment Manager

Jodi Dowling brings over 20 years of retained executive search experience to TSNE MissionWorks. She has partnered with nonprofit and corporate clients across a breadth of functionalities and industries, with particular expertise in recruiting nonprofit C-suite leaders. Before joining TSNE MissionWorks, Jodi served as senior associate of executive search with the Bridgespan Group, a national nonprofit management consulting firm. Earlier in her career, Jodi co-founded and managed an executive search research consultancy supporting major national search firms, specialized boutique organizations, and in-house corporate recruiting teams. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Alfred University and a Master of Liberal Arts, Extension Studies in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University.

Lyn Freundlich, Senior Consultant

Lyn Freundlich is a senior consultant for TSNE MissionWorks specializing in Human Resources Consulting and Training. Lyn has worked with TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England) since 2003. For most of that time, she oversaw the internal operational and personnel aspects of the organization. In 2005, Lyn also launched the human resources training and consulting practice which she now runs full time. In this capacity, Lyn partners with local and national nonprofits to build human resources systems that are reflective of each organization’s vision and values. She provides compensation reviews, performance management consultations, supervisor training, and employee relations coaching and consultations. Lyn is a seasoned trainer coach and consultant serving dozens of clients each year.

Lyn considers employees an organization’s greatest asset. She believes that people choose to work in nonprofits not simply to make a living but to make a difference. As a practitioner, Lyn understands that the human resources function serves to both support employees’ effectiveness and to protect organizations by ensuring compliance with a host of employment regulations. She believes that a well-functioning organization and walks their talk by treating staff in ways that are consistent with their mission and vision.

Lyn has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector working in a range of organizations from large, international organizations to small, member-driven local groups. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Master’s Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University of New England. Lyn is proud to serve on the board of The City School, a Boston-based nonprofit working with young people across lines of race, class, gender, and neighborhood who are emerging leaders and have a passion for social justice.

Joanne Horgan, Consultant

Joanne is currently a consultant and lead trainer for TSNE MissionWorks specializing in human resources systems. Joanne has worked with TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England) since 1993 where she served as Director of Human Resources. In her role, she has directed the internal human resources function as well as led a team in its delivery of services to over 60 fiscally sponsored projects. Joanne currently provides human resources consulting and training to TSNE MissionWorks clients. In this capacity, she leads comprehensive human resources assessments, offers employee relations coaching and consultation, helps managers build effective supervisory skills, and works with organizations to develop performance management systems.

Joanne excels at creating flexible human resources systems that allow organizations to reflect their unique values and culture in their policies and practices while maintaining compliance with the myriad of employment regulations. She approaches employee issues from a strength-based model that values the whole person while keeping the mission and values of the organization top priority.

Joanne holds a B.A. in Organizational Psychology and an M.S. in Human Resources Counseling from Northeastern University.

Trina Jackson, Senior Facilitator

Trina Jackson has nearly 20 years of community-based experience as an organizer, facilitator, and strategist in the social justice movement. Her background includes activism within communities of color in Boston and working with nonprofits, facilitating community dialogues, and consulting on issues of anti-oppression, civic engagement, economic justice, racial justice, leadership development, collaboration, and movement building.

Trina's approach is to explore the intersections of sociopolitical identity and the lived experience; to work for structural and institutional change; to use reflective, participatory and cultural practices for deeper connections between communities directly impacted by oppression; and to construct new narratives which advance social transformation and achieve justice for all.

She also co-coordinates a community-based grassroots project, the Network of Immigrant and African American Solidarity (NIAAS), which seeks to build solidarity between African Americans and immigrants of color through storytelling.

Deeply committed to global struggles for social justice, Trina traveled to Palestine and Israel in October 2014 as part of an African Heritage Delegation with Interfaith Peace-Builders to identify common issues and forge relationships with Palestinians and other communities of color around human rights.

As an independent project, Trina produced Grown By Herself, a multi-media project honoring the rituals, practices, and stories of black women gardeners and farmers. She is a writer, nature photographer, traveler, and yoga practitioner. She has a B.A. from Goddard College in Sociology.

Julia Monaghan, Consultant

Julia Monaghan is a Consultant for TSNE MissionWorks specializing in Organizational Development. She brings nearly a decade of experience in working within and with nonprofits and community-based organizations, networks, and government institutions around the world. Julia has worked with groups focused on creating a more just and equitable future through advocacy and human rights, community development, public health, and healthcare service delivery, economic development, education, and the protection and empowerment of marginalized and vulnerable groups. She is committed to an appreciative and systems-aware approach to understanding organizations and organizational behavior. Julia is an experienced trainer and facilitator on topics such as organizational assessment, process and change management, systems and network analysis, strategic planning, and qualitative and quantitative evaluation.

Julia holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Science in Organizational Development from American University’s School of Public Affairs. She has worked in many international settings including in Bangladesh, England, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, and Ukraine.

Executive Transitions Consultants

Catherine Bradshaw

Catherine Bradshaw is an organizational development expert with over 25 years of consulting experience. In her nine years as a member of TSNE’s consulting pool, Catherine has helped numerous organizations explore and discover paths to building greater capacity and mission effectiveness. She is highly skilled in facilitation, strategic planning, board development, leadership coaching, transition consulting, and results-based accountability. Catherine earned her MA in Whole System Design and Organization System Renewal from Antioch University and MSW from the University of Washington. She holds certifications in The Art of Transformational Consulting, Interim Executive Leadership and Transition Management, Advanced Board Consulting, and Emotional Intelligence and Diversity for Teams, among others. Learn more.

Cathy Cohen

Maintaining stability and shepherding growth for organizations have been the hallmark of Cathy Cohen’s 25-year career as a consultant to for- and nonprofit clients. Since joining TSNE’s consultant pool in 2008, Cathy has served as a transition consultant and interim executive director in a variety of fields including healthcare, education, homelessness, supportive housing, news media, and community development. Cathy’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, marketing, organizational transitions and assessments, executive search, board development, and communications. She works especially closely to help organizations experience growth in the areas of social justice and diversity. Cathy holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Learn more.

Gregg Davis

Gregg Davis has worked with clients as an interim executive director and on projects in executive transition, organizational assessment, and strategic planning from a variety of fields including affordable housing, community development, education, foundations, human services, and supportive employment. Gregg brings significant national and international executive-level experience in vision and strategy development, fundraising, board development, leadership transitions, finance and budgeting, executive coaching, organizational partnerships, meeting and workshop facilitation, public speaking, mergers and restructuring, and nonprofit “turnarounds.” In his 25 years of nonprofit experience, Gregg has served as a nonprofit co-founder, CEO, COO, and in multiple development positions. Gregg holds an MBA from Columbia University.

Patricia Duarte

Before joining the TSNE MissionWorks consultant pool in 2006, Patricia Duarte had built a solid career as a corporate human resources executive and an independent consultant specializing in organizational transition development, HR management and executive search with for- and nonprofit organizations. Patricia’s mixed-race background has provided her with unique opportunities to experience and navigate America’s racial divide and learn from both positive and negative experiences. In addition to having earned a BA from the University of Cincinnati, Patricia is a certified practitioner of various individual assessment and coaching tools and group process facilitation methods including Institute of Cultural Affairs Technology of Participation Group Facilitation Methods, Executive Transition Management, High Impact Hiring, and Lominger Leadership Development Architecture. Learn more.

Nancy Jackson

A charter associate of TSNE MissionWorks consultant pool, Nancy Jackson has over 30 years of executive-level nonprofit and government experience. Nancy has served clients from a wide variety of nonprofit sectors including housing, philanthropy, arts administration, humanities, theater, environmental, youth, social justice, and social services.

Nancy brings expertise in facilitation, knowledge of shared leadership, and practical experience as a founding executive director. She is a Certified Facilitator and Qualified National Mentor Trainer for the Institute for Cultural Affairs in Technologies of Participation facilitation methods. Additionally, Nancy holds an MSW from Boston College with a concentration in community organizing/social planning.

Deborah Langstaff

Deborah Langstaff brings over 25 years of experience as an organizational development consultant and executive coach in public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally. Her clients, ranging in size from small grassroots organizations to large nationally- and internationally-based groups, have included community-based organizations, schools, women’s organizations, environmental groups, immigrant rights organizations, and others. As a growing area of specialization, Deborah is sought out for her expertise in designing and facilitating processes to address complex inter-relational and systemic issues within and between organizations, including mergers and strategic partnerships. Deborah has an MSW from the University of Washington, and an Ed.D from Harvard University focusing on organizational change and multicultural relations. She is certified and experienced in mediation, negotiation, and Open Space Technology.

Jeremy Phillips

Jeremy Philips’ background includes over 20 years as a facilitator and trainer for mission-driven, social justice organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. He has significant experience in the fields of youth development, grassroots social change, public health, violence prevention, and the arts. Jeremy’s clients regularly voice their appreciation for his collaborative approach and share that this approach pulls the best and most creative thinking out of individuals and groups to bring about lasting results. Jeremy holds an MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Voces de Cambio, and formerly served on the Global Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations’ Youth Initiative.

Doris Roach

Doris Roach has a dynamic background as an attorney, professional coach, and higher education instructor. After 15 years of practicing business law as a senior attorney with a major Fortune 500 Company, Doris left the legal profession to follow her passion for helping individuals and organizations realize their potential for growth and transformation. Doris’ nonprofit consulting portfolio includes over ten years of strategic planning, board development, executive coaching, leadership development, and team building services to organizations in community development, education, government, healthcare, housing, human services, philanthropy, and social justice advocacy. Doris holds a JD from Northeastern University School of Law is a certified professional coach. In addition to her consulting practice, Doris is an award-winning artist, a meditator and yoga dance enthusiast and enjoys adventurous travel to far-flung locations like Ethiopia, Peru, and Tibet. Learn more.

Digna Scott

With contributions spanning over 15 years in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as numerous community leadership positions, Digna has earned the reputation of being an organizational development leader with broad-based expertise in strategic thinking, problem analysis, change management organizational learning and talent development. Digna client engagements have been in human services, community services, arts and culture, education and membership associations. Digna offers her clients a unique perspective and unparalleled creativity resulting from extensive global travel to over 70 countries, a multicultural experience and multilingual abilities with fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. She holds an MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Boston University and she is enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania’s Ed.D Chief Learning Officer Executive Program.

John Tarvin

John Tarvin has significant experience working in the fields of charter schools and education, community development, human services, membership associations, museums, and social entrepreneurship organizations. In addition to his work as a consultant, John has served as a founder, president, executive director, COO, CFO and chief development officer of a highly diverse set of for-and nonprofit organizations. Active in his community, John has served as Mass. Development Charter School Facility Fund Advisory Board member, New York, and Massachusetts State Education Department charter school evaluator, Echoing Green fellowship reader/evaluator, the Town of Milton’s warrant committee member, and Milton Public Schools’ long-range planning committee member. John holds an MS in Computer Information System from Bentley University and is an ICF Certified Coach.