June 19, 2017 – Executive search firm Vetted Solutions LLC has assisted in placing Shawna Webster as the executive director of the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS). The recruitment firm’s vice presidents Nancy Green and Evelyn Savage led the assignment.
In her new role, Ms. Webster oversees governance and business operations for a $2.2 million organization representing more than 250 members who are vital records and vital statistics professionals from 57 jurisdictions, including each state, the five U.S. territories, New York City and the District of Columbia. She will work with the board and staff to ensure that NAPHSIS’ mission is fulfilled through strategic planning, advocacy, data management systems and member services.
The Right Fit
The organization was seeking a candidate with at least five years experience in evolving areas of informatics, vital records / statistics programs, health information systems management or other closely related fields. Ms. Webster served as interim executive director for the past five months and chief operating officer for the five years beforehand.
An experienced non-profit executive, she brings more than 15 years of diverse experience in public health and managing professional membership associations to her new role. A strategic partner to the board of directors in all of her recent roles, Ms. Webster also specialized in membership and governance with the Association of Public Health Laboratories for eight years before joining NAPHSIS. She has led a wide variety of teams and programs over the years, and has facilitated and implemented strategic plans for several organizations.
“At this critical juncture, NAPHSIS needs a leader who knows how vital records and vital statistics fit into the national conversation about protecting individual identity and improving public health,” said president Lou Saadi, Ph.D. “With her broader background in public health and association management, Shawna brings new ideas, will increase visibility and be a champion for the state vital records agencies in the wide range of challenges they face.”
The future is not without pitfalls, Ms. Webster acknowledged. “NAPHSIS is at a crossroads, with a wide range of opportunities and challenges ahead,” she said. “I am eager to step into this leadership role to continue building external relationships, enhance the organization’s reputation, and working directly with the membership and the staff to strengthen and promote our products and services.”
Headquartered in Silver Spring, MD, NAPHSIS is the national membership organization representing vital records and vital statistics offices and professionals in the U.S. Founded in 1933, its mission is to provide national leadership for both vital records and related information systems in order to establish and protect individual identity and improve population health.
Non-Profit Association Leaders
Based in Washington, D.C., Vetted Solutions, a specialist in conducting non-profit and association sector recruiting assignments, focuses on recruiting board members, CEOs and senior staff positions for prominent and well-known organizations nationwide.
Recent searches undertaken by the firm include recruiting the CEO for SOCAP International, placing the president for El-Hibri Foundation, recruiting a chief learning officer for the American Society of Association Executives, as well as bringing in Daniel Gillison as the executive director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation.
Ms. Green has more than 25 years of non-profit leadership experience, a CEO skill set, and a history of growing organizations. Throughout her tenure in education and healthcare groups, she has made a career-long commitment to building board relationships, managing staff transitions, launching strategic partnerships and raising the profile and professionalism of the organizations she’s worked with. She also advises groups on talent development, building strong staff structures and cultures, and succession planning.
Ms. Savage is an experienced leader in nursing and healthcare management. She served for 25 years as president and CEO of the Visiting Nurses Association of Somerset Hills and its subsidiaries, including VNA of Somerset Hills Home Health and Hospice Services, VNA Community Health Services and Adult Day Center of the VNA of Somerset Hills.
In May, Vetted expanded with the addition of Catherine Brown as vice president for West Coast operations. She joined the firm in Los Angeles as a search partner, leadership consultant and interim executive. Ms. Brown brings a deep knowledge of both association and philanthropic organization management.
Just recently, Vetted Solutions expanded its staff with the addition of Nancy Green as vice president in its Washington, D.C., office. In her role, Ms. Green is broadening the firm’s activities in the areas of succession planning, interim executive appointments, onboarding and leadership development. Her arrival allows the firm’s founder, Jim Zaniello, to focus on further expansion and growth opportunities.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Chase Barbe, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media