Mark Oppenheim has a 30-year consulting, business startup, corporate management and executive search track record, including management roles with the Child Welfare Administration of the City of New York, Ernst & Young in New York, Price Waterhouse in Frankfurt Germany, and the Oracle Corporation in San Francisco. He founded and manages m/Oppenheim, which recruits nonprofit executives and engages the public in supporting nonprofits. Mark’s nonprofit executive search clients include performing and visual arts organizations, foundations, think tanks, education entities, government entities, and social justice, environment, health, human services and social entrepreneurship organizations. He holds a BA in Economics, History and Political Science with Honors from Brandeis University and an MBA from New York University.
Lisa Grossman began her career in executive search in 1995 at Heidrick & Struggles’ San Francisco office in the Financial Services Practice where she served a number of investment banking, private equity, and venture capital clients. She then started her own firm, primarily working with early stage tech companies in the Silicon Valley, helping them to build out their teams. In 2006 Lisa joined m/Oppenheim where she leads searches in the arts and culture, social justice, technology, health and human services, education, and global development sectors, and for foundations and associations, spanning a variety CEO and executive leadership roles across the country.
Dennis Hanthorn has a 30-year career serving nonprofits as an executive search consultant, nonprofit performing arts CEO and music educator. Prior to joining m/Oppenheim, Dennis led The Atlanta Opera, Florentine Opera Company, and Dayton Opera, produced over 100 operas, taught at the University of Wisconsin, University of Alabama, and Pacific Lutheran University. He served on the Board of Directors of OPERA America, as a juror for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and Belvedere Competition and panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. A trained classical musician, Dennis has a PBS Emmy Award for Best Musical Performance and appeared on numerous other radio and television series. He holds a M.M. in French Horn performance from the University of Wisconsin and a B.S. in Music Education from Missouri State University.
Lee Kapppelman has a 30-year career as a non-profit leader, executive search and fundraising consultant, artist representative, and film and television producer. She previously headed the search and fundraising practices at Arts Consulting Group and led fundraising at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; held senior executive positions at CBS Television and King World Entertainment; and was a literary agent in Los Angeles and New York representing Academy-Award and Emmy-Award-winning writers, directors, and actors. In 2013, Lee co-founded a healthcare non-profit, CaringOn, that supports caregivers of cancer patients and is currently partnered with Johns Hopkins Hospital, Medstar Health and other medical institutions, She holds a B.F.A. with honors from Boston University and an M.A. with honors from New York University.
Steven Oppenheim joined m/Oppenheim Associates after a career in news, media and publishing. An Emmy-nominated news producer, Oppenheim worked at ABC’s World News This Morning, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and with the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. During his years as Vice President and Director of Publicity at G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Riverhead Books, Putnam led all publishing industry imprints in hardcover New York Times bestsellers by an overwhelming margin. He has worked across the publishing industry with scores of authors and literary figures including: Bob Woodward, Michael Beschloss, Alan Dershowitz, Seymour Hersh, Valerie Plame Wilson and many others.
Kevin Redick has 30 years experience as a chief executive, fundraiser and recruiter for youth development, human services, K-12, higher education and healthcare nonprofits. He has strong experience working with economically disadvantaged communities, and in the process has fostered partnerships with churches, civic groups, legislators, and other community leaders. As a professional baseball player who was signed with a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, Kevin integrates ideas of teamwork and the power of the group into his approach to search and service. He holds a BA in Sociology from Westmont College and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Patrick Salazar has served diverse nonprofits for over 25 years, including helping the Assistance League of Los Angeles, Pacific Battleship Center, University of Utah, Pierce College, East LA Classic Theatre, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, among other nonprofits to raise funds and achieve management excellence. He previously served with the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea , and received the Navy Expeditionary Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation for service during the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1980. He holds a BA degree in Business from the University of Utah, and an MBA with an emphasis on nonprofit management and ethics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dave Santore is a veteran search consultant with 3 decades of experience serving nonprofit and corporate clients across the US. As a valued consultant to the boards and search committees of Foundations, Institutions and Associations, nonprofits focusing on Social Justice, Health & Human Services, Education & Research, Arts, Media & Culture, Environment and Conservation. Dave was formerly a Senior Systems Engineer at IBM and earned a BS Biology from Gettysburg College.
Alexandra Fradelizio (News) joined m/Oppenheim after serving a number of Marin County nonprofits, including Friends of the San Rafael Public Library and the Hungry Owl Project, an extension of WildCare, which is dedicated to promoting the health of wild animals and environmental education for humans. Alexandra has an extensive background in content creation, editing, and digital & social media marketing. She graduated from Dominican University of California with an MA in Humanities and a BA in English.
Valeria L. Guerrero (Research) joined m/Oppenheim Associates in 2017. As a Research Associate, she provides the firm with specialized research methodologies to ensure a holistic approach to every search. Valeria earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Ethnic Studies with a concentration in social inequalities from the University of California, Berkeley. (Languages: English, Spanish).
Joanna Nowacka Mata (Research) joined m/Oppenheim Executive Search in early 2016 after a career in public administration and political campaigns. She brings strong analytical skills to the firm which streamline the search for future results that align with clients’ visions. Joanna firmly believes that a strong nonprofit sector is crucial for the existence and development of prosperous communities. She supports the sector by volunteering her spare time to multiple nonprofits across the Bay Area. Joanna holds a B.A. degree in International Business from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland, an M.A. degree in International Security from the University of Warsaw, and an M.A. degree in Political Science from the Northeastern Illinois University. (Languages: English, Polish).
Mel Oppenheim (Social Media) joined m/Oppenheim in 2018 as a Social Media Intern, and is now responsible for driving social media messaging as well as graphic design and video & podcast editing for the INSIGHT and Nonprofit Reporting series using Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, Audition, among other tools. Prior to joining mOppenheim, Mel studied Fine Arts at the Pratt Institute.
Julia Pivovarova (Finance & Scheduling Logistics) joined m/Oppenheim in 2010 and now provides excellent support for our dynamic team. Julia brings problem solving and organizational skills to the company along with over 20 years of administrative experience, eight of which was spent supporting Head Start’s T/TA Network under the Department of Health and Human Services. (Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian).
Oscar Quiros (Communications) joined m/Oppenheim Executive Search in 2013 and implements the firm’s marketing and communications activities. Before joining the firm, he worked for Madbury Road as Digital Marketing consultant where he implemented the company’s digital marketing strategy. Oscar started his career working as an IP Lawyer in Mexico City handling brands for multiple high profile international clients. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and a Masters Degree in International Marketing from Hult International Business School in San Francisco. (Languages: English, Spanish).
Priscilla Rodriguez (News) joined mOppenheim Associates in early 2016, with an extensive background in journalism, Social Media Marketing, radio, and creative content development. She has has multiple years of experience serving nonprofit organizations in Southern California. Among these, Best Buddies International, Invisible Children, Inland Empire Future Leaders, P.S. Stroke Recovery, TP Global Sustainability UCI, FoodShift, and most recently the SFMoMA. Priscilla earned her B.A. in Literary Journalism and Film Media from the University of California Irvine.