Meet Our Team and Consultants

TSNE 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 transitions.

Our team and Staff Consultants

Heang Ly, Associate Director, Consulting and Training

Heang Ly

Heang Ly is rooted in the field of youth development, group dynamics and systems, diversity, equity and inclusion, conflict resolution, and nonprofit management. Heang spent significant time, 13 years, at the Center for Teen Empowerment providing direct service in youth organizing, advocacy, and community development issues. While at the organization, she also provided consulting services and technical assistance to nonprofits, schools, and cities. She left to open her own independent consulting practice, working largely with grassroots community-based nonprofits and higher education institutions as a seasoned consultant, facilitator, and trainer. She has taught over 3,000 people of all ages on a variety of topics such as curriculum development, facilitation skills, conflict resolution, feedback systems, staff engagement, equity issues, and more.

Heang is the co-author of the chapter “Tensions of Purpose: Strategies for Youth and Adults to Carve a Pathway of Hope and Create Action toward a Just and Equitable World” in the book “At our Best: Building Youth-Adult Partnerships in Out-of-School Time Settings” published by Information Age Publishing. Her short story "The Lotus Gift" was published in the award-winning book “Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora”.

Ms. Ly holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and Education Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. In addition, she is a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, where she received a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Tufts University. 

Owen Berson, Consulting Associate

Owen Berson is a consulting associate at TSNE specializing in human resources systems and training for nonprofits and foundations. Owen joined TSNE 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, 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 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, 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 joined TSNE in 2014 and brings over 20 years of retained executive search experience to TSNE. She has partnered with nonprofit, public sector, and corporate clients across a breadth of functionalities and industries, with a particular expertise in recruiting nonprofit C-suite leaders and niche interests in developing leadership talent & networks in the environment, public health, and education fields. Prior to joining TSNE 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.

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Joanne Horgan, Consultant

Joanne is currently a consultant and lead trainer for TSNE specializing in human resources systems. Joanne has worked with TSNE (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 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.

Yamaya Jean, Associate, Program Administration

Yamaya Jean is the Programs Administration Associate for the Consulting and Training team at TSNE. She supports the team in project coordination, administration, and communication.

Prior to her role at TSNE, Yamaya worked with social service nonprofits in Worcester, Massachusetts to leverage data and build capacity. Yamaya holds a B.A. in Economics and International Development, and a M.A. in International Development with a concentration in Monitoring and Evaluation from Clark University.

Nesly Metayer, Consultant

With a commitment to social and economic equity, Nesly Metayer brings an immense work experience moving with ease from organization to community development, from public health practices to research, and from public administration to non profit management. This solid and flexible work experience has been developed intertwining competencies from organizational development, organizational behavior, management and social theory addressing the profound structures of social inequity in America.

As a practitioner in the field, Nesly Metayer has been the executive director of Youth and Family Enrichment Services, an organization with the purpose of responding to the social and educational disparity of children from Hyde Park and Mattapan. Before joining YoFES, Nesly has spent six years at Tufts University as Senior Manager for Community Engagement leading the implementation of an innovative program to respond to child obesity disparity in New England. Named and awarded as Bridge Builder in 2013 from Tufts University President, Nesly Metayer was honored for assisting doctoral students and faculty to incorporate a social justice lens in their research and program implementation. Metayer has also worked as the Director of Community Development and Capacity Building at the Center for Community Health, Education & Research in Dorchester, MA. Previously, he worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; first as Director of Administration at the AIDS Bureau and then in the Commissioner’s Office as the Director of Community Planning. While there, Metayer developed and implemented the award-winning Common Ground, an Organizational Capacity Building Project recognized by the Council of State Government as Innovation in Government.

As an organizational development consultant, Nesly Metayer partners with organizations to design, implement and evaluate participatory practices of inclusion and deepen organizational culture to social accountability and equity outcomes through training, strategic management processes, community renewal, executive transition and organizational change.

As a practitioner-scholar, Metayer has designed and published works on leadership, community building, organizational effectiveness, community and stakeholder involvement, program implementing using both qualitative and quantitative inquiries. 

He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Haiti, a graduate diploma from the National School of Administration (ENA-IIAP France), a DESS from the University of Paris XI,  a Master of Sociology from Caen University, a Doctorate in Administration from University of Paris Sorbonne. Nesly Metayer has been awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship at the Mandel Center/EDM Non-Profit Fellowship and is finishing his research for the Doctor of Management Degree at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Transitions Consultants

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.