McDermott & Bull Recruits Non-Profit CEO

October 26, 2015 – Irvine, CA-based executive recruiter McDermott & Bull has assisted Newport Beach, CA-based Project Access, Inc. in the recruitment of Kathy McCarrell as its next chief executive officer. The search was conducted by Chris Bull, managing partner, and Bill Brewer, principal consultant at McDermott & Bull Executive Search.

Ms. McCarrell is a highly experienced non-profit executive most recently serving as the executive director of Heroes and Healthy Families/Family Violence Project, an organization that has served more than 20,000 marines and their families across the nation. Additionally, she has been providing interim executive leadership to various non-profit organizations in California and Texas. From 1994 through 2007, she served as the executive director of the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center. Ms. McCarrell has also served as an adjunct professor of sociology at Chapman University where she helped create and run the social work program.

“We are pleased to welcome Kathy aboard and know she will successfully take Project Access to the next level,” said Jonathan Webb, chairman of the board. “She represents a great mixture of leadership, inspiration, operational expertise and passion. We are fortunate to find someone whose skill set so well aligns with our mission and vision.”

“Ms. Carrell has a passion for those that are underserved, and the Project Access mission lines up perfectly with her own personal calling,” said Mr. Bull. “She will do great things with the organization.”

“We partnered closely with the board of directors for Project Access to help them find and select a dedicated and passionate leader who will help fuel a continued growth plan and be a leader who will bring a positive style into a lean and spirited team of people,” said Mr. Brewer.

Project Access is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 and delivers resident services onsite at family and senior resource centers located in low-income housing communities. Providing services where people live allows the Project Access staff to target the specific needs within the community and eliminates traditional barriers to services. The business model of Project Access provides that most revenue is generated on a fee for service model and that fundraising (from all sources) constitutes about 25 percent of needed revenue.

The economic strength of the non-profit sector has been steadily increasing with an upswing in the economy and the sector is now the third largest employer in the U.S. Nearly two million non-profit organizations employ 10.7 million people and produce revenue in excess of $1.9 trillion.

Yet, hiring the right people can be problematic within the industry. According to the Nonprofit HR’s Employment Practices Survey, 33 percent of respondents say that finding the right talent the biggest staffing challenge they face.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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