DHR International to Head CASL’s New CEO Search

CHICAGO, October 6, 2016 — After an exhaustive and diligent process, CASL’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has hired an award-winning search consultant, Mary Lee Montague from DHR International, to conduct CASL’s search for its next Chief Executive Officer.

Montague, DHR’s Managing Partner, North American Nonprofit Practice Group, has an extensive and honored career in local, domestic, and global nonprofit executive search. With more than 50% in diversity placements in 2015, and record-setting retention levels in placements with nationally and internationally renowned nonprofits, the CASL board has every confidence that the search will produce a candidate who can honor CASL’s history and heritage while leading it into a bright and sustainable future.

“After a thorough search for the absolute best search firm for CASL, we are so happy to have Mary Lee and DHR International leading the search for CASL’s next leader. Their national and international presence in nonprofit executive search and breadth of experience in placing diverse leadership will be a true asset to CASL.” -James Mark Jr., Board Chair

The Board and leadership staff have been working with Wishnick & Associates over the past several months to create a search process and conduct a needs assessment that will inform the work of Ms. Montague. This assessment has taken into account the needs and thoughts of the community, CASL’s supporters, and its staff and leadership to create a thorough understanding of the characteristics and qualities that are needed in CASL’s next leader.

“It is a joy to work with CASL and support the commitment that the board and staff have to the success of this important leadership transition. Their thorough, thoughtful, and determined approach to the search has been inspirational and reaffirm to me that CASL has an amazing and bright future.” -Amy Wishnick, Principal, Wishnick & Associates

Concurrently, CASL’s Program Coordinators, Managers and Directors have participated in retreats–focused on change management–that will assist all staff in adapting to new leadership. The Managers and Directors have also been working with the Oliver Group to further strengthen and align our efforts as a team to support our new leader and staff around CASL’s mission and vision.

Finally, CASL will be celebrating the legacy and long-time commitment of Bernie Wong and Esther Wong at their Winter Social on December 2nd at the Bridgeport Art Center. Visit their website for more information or to purchase tickets.

About DHR International

For more than 25 years DHR International has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe. DHR’s renowned consultants specialize in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of our select client base. For more information on DHR International, visit

Lauren Finch
Director, Global Marketing and Public Relations

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