Kittleman & Associates Assists Eversight with CEO Search

June 29, 2021 – Chicago-based search firm Kittleman & Associates recently assisted in the placement of Diane Hollingsworth as president and CEO of non-profit eye bank network Eversight. “Throughout the interview process, Diane’s experience, passion and vision stood above all the others,” Jerry Anderson, chair of the board of directors at Eversight. “The board is confident that she is the best choice to lead Eversight as we continue to deliver on our mission – to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research.”

Ms. Hollingsworth has served as interim president/CEO since March. She joined Eversight in 2010 as executive director for eye bank operations and administration in Illinois and went on to serve as vice president of partner relations, and most recently executive vice president of external relations.

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Ms. Hollingsworth’s experience includes operations management, business and partnership development, fund development, organizational financial management, and business and program transformation. Prior to joining Eversight, Ms. Hollingsworth held roles in medical education, grants management and patient education for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. She also spent 20 years in senior sales and marketing management positions at IBM, Siemens and Rockwell.

Ms. Hollingsworth currently serves as vice chair of the Vision Share board of directors and chair of the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network advisory board. She also is active with the Eye Bank Association of America, the American College of Healthcare Executives, Donate Life Illinois, and the Naperville (IL) Noon Lions Club.

Eversight is a non-profit organization with a mission to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation, and research. The Eversight network is responsible for recovering, evaluating, and providing human eye tissue for transplantation; supporting research into the causes and cures of blinding eye conditions; promoting donation awareness through public and professional education; and providing humanitarian aid to people around the world in need of corneal transplantation. Operating in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and South Korea, Eversight works in collaboration with surgeons, researchers, academic medical centers and eye banks across the U.S. and abroad.

Serving Non-Profits

Kittleman & Associates, established in 1963, is one of the nation’s oldest executive recruitment firms exclusively serving non-profit organizations. Search services include recruitment counsel, organizational assessment, development of position specifications, prospect research, source identification, candidate development, background assessment and verification, reference checking, offer preparation and transition assistance.

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The firm has led searches for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, Space Center Houston, Paws With a Cause, Indiana Historical Society and Community Foundation for Muskegon County.

“We work closely with our client organizations to bring candidates with varying points of views and life experiences to the search process,” the firm said. “We hire staff that reflects the broad diversity of our community and that of our client organizations. We retain a diverse group of product and service vendors, and we strive to select vendors who are committed to promoting a diverse workplace.”

Cory King, president and CEO, leads Kittleman’s search practice as well as the overall management of the firm. He focuses on CEO searches across the non-profit sector, with a particular emphasis in social services, grantmaking foundations, cultural institutions, and conservation organizations. Mr. King has been in the non-profit sector since 1998 and brings executive-level experience in higher education, healthcare, and social services.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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