About Us

Vetted Solutions is a retained national executive search firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, IL that works with associations, nonprofit organizations, and hospitality and destination marketing organizations. Our clients, some of the most respected names in these spaces, have come to rely upon us to assess their talent needs and to then exceed their expectations in terms of the candidate pool we deliver.

We have recruited CEOs as well as heads of marketing, communications, government relations, membership, finance, and education for associations and nonprofits. Our clients have also retained us to recruit conference and trade show executives, DOSMs, and other key positions on property.

Vetted Solutions has deep industry bench strength, a distinct understanding of the executive search process and provides a highly personalized solution tailored to meet your unique requirements. Our approach allows us to consistently find and deliver extraordinary talent quickly and efficiently. This produces candidates capable of making immediate contributions to exceptional organizational performance and providing the lasting leadership that drives significant sustained results.

Additionally, we are members of the Association of Executive Search Consultants, as well as Panorama, a partnership of leading executive search firms that combines local knowledge with global capability.


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At Vetted Solutions, we help associations and nonprofits recruit, retain and cultivate key talent. Your organization may have a specific short-term recruiting need that is just as mission critical as finding the right talent for the long-term.

We work with our clients to understand and support their own focus on diversity and inclusion, and then connect them with top-tier executive talent that meets organizational needs and furthers their goals. Our process concentrates on the professional skills, experiences, abilities, and cultural fit of the candidates we bring to the table.

Solutions And Expertise

  • Assessment
  • Board Services
  • Executive Search
  • Interim
  • Mgmt. Consulting
  • Onboarding
  • Org. Chart Mapping
  • Succession Planning
  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Associations
  • Foundations
  • Non-Profit
  • Professional Services
  • CEO/President
  • Communications/PR
  • Development
  • Finance/Accounting
  • GM/Operations
  • Government
  • Marketing & Sales

News Briefings

Vetted Solutions Seeking New Leader for the American Peanut Shellers Association

The American Peanut Shellers Association has retained Washington, D.C.- based Vetted Solutions to lead in its search for a new executive director. The executive position offers a special opportunity to lead a proven, highly committed membership and staff in an aggressive effort to promote the best interests of shellers and the broader peanut industry. This

Vetted Solution Recruits CEO for Leader Dogs for the Blind

Following an extensive, national search process, Washington, D.C.- based Vetted Solutions has placed Melissa Weisse as its new president and CEO of Leader Dogs for the Blind. She replaced Susan Daniels, who in May of 2023 announced her intention to retire. “After an extensive, national search process, we are delighted to welcome Weisse as our new

Leader Dogs for the Blind Selects Vetted Solutions to Find New Leader

Washington, D.C.- based Vetted Solutions has been retained by Leader Dogs for the Blind (Leader Dogs) to lead in its search for a new president and CEO. The incoming leader must be passionate about improving the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with independence and mobility. They must also love dogs and truly

Vetted Solutions Places CEO of National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

After a national search, Washington, D.C.- based Vetted Solutions helped to place Victor Stagnaro as chief executive officer of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). Mr. Stagnaro has been with NFFF for 13 years, serving as managing director and, previously, director of fire programs. He replaces Ron Siarnicki, who is currently serving out his role

Press Releases

Dr. Don I. Tharpe, Vetted Solutions Client Partner, is Elected as the First African American Board of Regents Chairperson in Murray State University History

(July 5, 2022) – Washington, DC – Dr. Don I. Tharpe, Vetted Solutions Client Partner, has unanimously been elected as Murray State University Board of Regents Chairperson, becoming the first African American to hold the role in the university’s 100-year history. Dr. Tharpe, a career association professional and advocate of education, received his undergraduate and

Nancy Green, Joins Vetted Solutions as Vice President

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 18, 2016 — Vetted Solutions is pleased to announce that Nancy Green, FASAE, CAE will join the firm as vice president, Washington DC office, effective December 1. In her new role, Green will further expand the firm’s executive search services as well as its activities in the areas of succession planning, interim executive appointments,

Vetted Solutions Named Top 50 Executive Search Firm by Hunt Scanlon Media

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2016 — Hunt Scanlon Media, the leading news authority in the talent management field, named Washington, D.C.-based executive search firm Vetted Solutions to its annual Top 50 Recruiters list for the second year in a row. The most widely referenced, single source for information in the human capital sector, Hunt Scanlon Media has been

Amy Weist Rejoins Vetted Solutions as Search Manager

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 25, 2016 — Having helped launch the firm, Amy Weist returns to Vetted Solutions after three years as the Business Manager for the Hydrocephalus Association. Weist worked for ten years at the Global Business Travel Association. Throughout her tenure she worked closely with the boards, committees, chapters, members and staff of this 5,000+ member hospitality

Michele M. Smith Joins Vetted Solutions as Executive Recruiter

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2016 — Michele M. Smith joins Vetted Solutions as an Executive Recruiter. Smith has more than 20 years of experience as a sales and marketing professional with proven expertise in the IT Solutions industry and in working with senior executives in Fortune 500 companies. She has been an active volunteer in the nonprofit


In the Media

Diversity and Inclusion – Opportunities to Advance
The Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and decided to partner with Vetted Solutions and Dr. David Rehr to develop a Florida association-specific study.

The Role of the Interim CEO

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Advancing Women into Leadership Roles & the C-Suite

On this brand new episode, Hunt Scanlon Media host Rob Adams is joined by Catherine Brown and Leslie M Stokes vice presidents of Vetted Solutions, and Kristan McMahon, president of Robert H. Jackson Center. On this episode, these female leaders share their journeys into leadership roles as well as challenges they faced along the way.