October 19, 2020 – The Moran Company, an executive recruitment firm that specializes in the non-profit sector, has placed Seana O’Callaghan as the new CEO of Open Excellence (Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care). Jessica Pratt, who has been acting CEO for the last six months, will continue as chief communications officer. Steven Byers led the assignment.
“I am thrilled to have Seana join Open Excellence,” said Ms. Pratt. “She is extremely intelligent and has a keen understanding of the fraught and complex mental health care system. From her previous work and experience, she understands what we have been trying to achieve. At the same time, she has the capacity to critically examine various initiatives and she understands the many challenges we face. I am excited to join with her to further the mission of OE.”
Ms. O’Callaghan began her work in community mental health at the Nathan Kline Institute in the Department of Statistics and Services research over 15 years ago. There and at non-profit organizations dedicated to improving mental health services and ending homelessness, she gained experience in mixed methods research, grants administration and grant writing, project management and intervention research development. She has worked independently as a grant writing consultant in the fields of housing and public mental health, and established and operated a private retail and service business.
“I am passionate about the power of community to support people and overcome structural barriers,” said Ms. O’Callaghan. “I am very excited to champion the Open Excellence mission of supporting innovative research that shines light on the benefits and pathways to a person-centered and community-centered mental health care system which supports human flourishing.”
The Moran Company, based in Leawood, KS, specializes in searches for non-profit leadership, including executive directors, fundraising/development directors, hospital foundation directors and other senior executives. Some of the Moran Company’s current searches include: executive director of cultural survival, executive director of Mount Nittany Health Foundation and executive director of TNC Community.
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These ingredients have the potential to fundamentally transform the sector, says James Abruzzo, global non-profit practice leader at DHR International. “A convergence of these factors will alter the landscape, necessitating a major shift in the way non-profit organizations operate,” he said. How talent is sourced and recruited, already a major challenge across the sector, will also undergo a radical shift.
Bill Moran founded the search firm in 1996. He has worked on more than 60 non-profit searches over the past 12 years. He brings a combination to the search sector of having spent another 10 years as senior fundraising staff and 12 years as a fundraising consultant serving more than 100 clients.
Mr. Byers has more than 30 years of fundraising and non-profit experience. Helping non-profits secure the financial resources they need to change the world has been the focus of his career for over 30 years. He brings an understanding of what it takes to succeed in development and the non-profit world to The Moran Company’s executive search team. During Mr. Byers’ 18-year tenure at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, the hospital raised over $200 million, including more than $125 million in capital campaigns.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media