Consulting and Executive Transitions Team

john-smith.jpgJohn Smith, Director of Programs

John brings extensive experience in nonprofit, government, education and advocacy fields to TSNE MissionWorks. He served as the Policy Analyst in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development for the City of Boston, where he managed major economic development policy initiatives. Before his government experience, John also worked at the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, the Hyams Foundation’s Youth Policy Initiative, the Tennessee Department of Health, and at several universities managing service learning and other student-centered programs.

Our consulting team

Owen Berson, Programs 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. 

Prior to 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. Prior to 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 a particular expertise in recruiting nonprofit C-suite leaders. 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.

Lyn Freundlich, Human Resources 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, Human Resources 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 build 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

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 writer, nature photographer, traveler, and yoga practitioner. She has a B.A. from Goddard College in Sociology.

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Jin Min Lee, Organizational Development Consultant

Julia Monaghan, Organizational Development Consultant

Jessica Sáenz, Programs Administration Associate


Nicole Davidow, Manager of Client Engagement

Inspired by her experience working on continuous improvement projects for an international NGO while earning her undergraduate degree, Nicole joins TSNE MissionWorks with great enthusiasm for helping put transformational consulting into practice. As program associate, Nicole provides organizational communications, research, and systems support for the CET Program. Prior to joining TSNE MissionWorks, Nicole was a coordinator for the Division of Student Success at Suffolk University and served as an AmeriCorps member for a college access and success program based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Nicole has a B.A. in international studies from Fairfield University.

Greg Polzer, Client Engagement Specialist

Shanice Wallace, Client Engagement Coordinator

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