April 2, 2021 – Executive recruitment firm RM Nephew and Associates has placed Celine Mukasine as the new chief financial officer for the International Institute of New England (IINE) in Boston. Ms. Mukasine previously served as director of finance for Foster America, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of those who are in foster care or at risk of entering the foster care system. Ms. Mukasine brings financial management, accounting and systems experience in both domestic and international non-profit organizations to her role as IINE’s CFO, said the search firm. At IINE, she is leading an organization-wide financial planning process designed to support expanded programming for refugee and immigrant populations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
At Foster America, Ms. Mukasine led the non-profit through a smooth spinoff from fiscal sponsorship to independent 501(c) (3) status and built the group’s financial structure and system. The search firm said she played a pivotal role in positioning Foster America for success during COVID-19 and beyond. Prior to Foster America, Ms. Mukasine spent seven years in various finance positions at Last Mile Health, which creates community-based healthcare systems in Liberia, Malawi, Ethiopia and Uganda. She rose to senior positions in the Boston headquarters of the organization and served as director of finance and deputy director of administration in Liberia. A native of Rwanda, Ms. Mukasine earned her undergraduate degree from Kigali Independent University and a graduate degree in international economics and finance from Brandeis University’s International Business School. She speaks four languages.
Founded in 1918, the International Institute of New England is one of the region’s oldest and largest non-profit social service organizations serving new Americans. IINE creates opportunities for refugees and immigrants to succeed through resettlement, education, career advancement and pathways to citizenship. IINE serves more than 2,500 people each year in Boston; Lowell, MA; and Manchester, NH.
RM Nephew and Associates, with offices in Boston and New York, offers partnership-driven solutions to business leadership and recruitment challenges worldwide. The firm specializes in providing executive search services for clients within the healthcare, technology, and professional services industries. Its clients range from Fortune 500 companies to mid-size firms to private equity sponsored enterprises. The firm has extensive experience partnering with privately held, family-owned firms.
Bob Nephew founded the firm with more than 35 years executive search experience. He has built his career within the technology, professional services, and healthcare industries. Areas of expertise include human resources, board of directors and financial officer disciplines. Through his extensive work in these areas, Mr. Nephew has refined techniques for placing senior leaders who serve as trusted advisors to the CEO on a range of strategic business matters. His clients value the insights he brings from recruiting success within their niche sectors and functional areas, as well as his work on both the provider and client side of the business.
Board Diversity Practice
In December, the search firm’s board diversity practice placed Michael J. Dubose as a member of the board of directors at NYSE-traded Watts Water Technologies in North Andover, MA.
“Awareness of the value of and need for diversity in the boardroom has increased significantly in 2020,” said Mr. Nephew. “We established an intentional effort to both respond to the strategic business needs of our clients and help resolve this condition of underrepresentation. Mike joining the Watts board is one result of that initiative.”
Mr. Dubose has served as president of the Fisher healthcare division of Thermo Fisher Scientific since March 2019. He previously served as vice president of national accounts and cross border business globally for W.W. Grainger. from 2010 to 2019. Mr. Dubose also served as a regional vice president of Staples from 2008 to 2010. Earlier in his career, he held senior management positions with Corporate Express, Alliant Foodservice and Baxter International.
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