Our Leadership

Jeffrey R. Wilcox, CFRE

Founder, President & CEO


Jeffrey is former Senior Vice President of United Way of Greater Los Angeles and Valley of the Sun United Way (Phoenix). He is the nonprofit columnist of the “The Third Sector Report” which appears in the Long Beach Business Journal. He is past Chair, Executive Transitions Affinity Group for The Alliance For Nonprofit Management, Past President of the Orange County (CA) Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a member of the board of directors of Advancement Northwest in Seattle. Named Alumnus of the Year in 2015 by Seattle Pacific University, he chairs the Executive Advisory Board of the School of Business, Government & Economics at SPU. Jeffrey is also a partner of Social Venture Partners in Los Angeles and Seattle and is an advisor to the Encore Fellows Program in Los Angeles. Connect with Jeffrey on LinkedIn

Leadership Team

Susan Adler

Senior Strategist


Susan has led nonprofits for over three decades, serving in the roles of Executive Director and now, as a Board President. For more than 15 years, she was the Executive Director of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research. Prior to that appointment, she was Executive Director of the Seattle Alliance for Education. Susan has a proven track record in building strategic alliances and working with diverse stakeholders — skills honed during her work on state and federal education policy for the nation’s governors and legislators in the “other” Washington. An experienced communicator and facilitator, Susan is passionate about our responsibility to grow and shape the pipeline of future board and professional nonprofit leaders across our Seattle region as the new director of the Board Chairs Academy Alumni Advisory Council and coordinator of the Interim Executives Roundtable of Greater Seattle. Connect with Susan on LinkedIn

Randy Brinson

Senior Strategist and Practice Lead, Board and Executive Leadership Development


Randy is an experienced nonprofit executive with certifications in executive leadership and nonprofit board consulting from BoardSource. He served over 25 years as a Media Executive and Content Creator at the PBS affiliate television KCTS 9 in Seattle. Randy has also provided independent consulting to Washington Recovery Alliance, Communities in Schools of Renton, Coyote Central, and Southwest Youth and Family Services. Randy supports current participants in Third Sector Company’s Board Chairs Academy to apply their classroom learning as well as supports the search process with organizational assessments, position profiling, and candidate preparation and screening. Connect with Randy on LinkedIn

Jan Glick - Senior Managing Community Partner

Jan Glick

Senior Strategist and Practice Lead, Third Sector Search


Jan Glick is nationally recognized as an executive leader in the non-profit sector. Since 1996, Jan has been president of his own consulting firm, Jan Glick & Associates, which brings his unique expertise to Third Sector Company. The author of Nonprofit Turnaround, A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders, Consultants and Funders, his specializations include nonprofit leadership and management coaching and training, nonprofit mergers and restructuring, executive search and succession, and strategic planning. Connect with Jan on LinkedIn

Marc Haupert

Senior Strategist, Third Sector Search – California


Marc has over 35 years of experience in organization, management, development and fiscal administration. He is a seasoned professional interim executive for Third Sector Company and was named Third Sector Company’s “Interim of the Year” in 2007. Marc has held interim leadership positions at CASA Riverside, Getty House Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, American Red Cross Greater Los Angeles Chapter, and California Faith for Equality.  Marc heads Third Sector Company’s Nonprofit Leadership Search and Support Practice throughout California. Connect with Marc on LinkedIn

Sharon Howe

Senior Strategist, Third Sector Search


Sharon’s work with Third Sector Company focuses on successful changes in an organization’s executive leadership. She is Co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of the Uganda Fistula Fund for TERREWODE (UFFT), which supports the TERREWODE Women’s Community Hospital in Uganda. She has worked in the nonprofit sector as a fundraising professional for over 30 years, directing development programs that built services and capital support for organizations serving women and children. A CFRE since 1991, she has provided leadership to nonprofit organizations. Connect with Sharon on LinkedIn

Tim Kittleson

Senior Strategist, Board Leadership


Tim works with clients that include the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS), Otis College of Art and Design, Participant Media. In the past, he has consulted New Roads School, Doheny Eye Institute, Long Beach Opera, US Vets, Film Independent (FIND), Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, Cancer Support Community – Benjamin Center. In late 2010 and early 2011 served as interim President/CEO of The Wellness Community/West Los Angeles, the founding affiliate of the largest cancer support organization in the US. In 2010 received Third Sector Company’s Interim of the Year award. Also a volunteer consultant with Executive Service Corps; in 2014 was honored to receive its Jack Horton Outstanding Service Award. A Los Angeles Bar Association certified community mediator. Tim’s specialties include executive mentoring, board governance training, board development, fund development, marketing strategy for both 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 organizations. Connect with Tim on LinkedIn

Tricia Lazzar

Senior Strategist


Tricia is an innovative, dynamic and resourceful leader who encourages out of the box thinking to bring a new level to the Development and Operations of any organization. She is a fierce advocate for diversity, inclusion and parity and believes wholeheartedly that no solution is complete without honest and thoughtful consideration of every stakeholder, both obvious and hidden. She is the Co-founder and President of the Association of Neuro Activity Based Professionals and the Principal at Strategy and Method. She is former Executive Director of Pushing Boundaries, with a proven track record for connecting programs and people, creating diverse, multi-faceted teams excited to push the boundaries of the status quo. Connect with Tricia on LinkedIn

Pat McCowan

Senior Strategist


Pat is a proven development and advancement executive with past experience at Fred Hutchinson Canceer Research Center, Canary Foundation, University of Washington School of Public Health, and Seattle University School of Law. She is Principal of Xanthus Nonprofit Consulting and a graduate of Interim Executives Academy. Connect with Pat on LinkedIn

Mike Mitchell, CAE

Senior Strategist, Virtual Services


With 18 years at Credit Management Association (CMA), Mike provided a wide range of business experiences, opportunities and challenges while leading the organization through many changes. In 2000, he re-imagined the 130-year-old brick-and-mortar trade credit association as a forward-thinking, technology-savvy organization. As the President and CEO of CMA in 2005, he focused primarily on creating and delivering member value by adding new products, services, strategic partnerships, and technologies to online platforms. Mike contributes his seasoned leadership and diverse business skills to help other organizations maximize its opportunities to benefit communities while managing the risks of a rapidly changing  landscape. Connect with Mike on LinkedIn

Wayne Robert

Senior Strategist and Practice Lead, Canada


Wayne has earned a noteworthy reputation of successfully guiding nonprofits through difficult times, effective fiscal management, successful personnel and corporate management, achieving goals and more from over 20 years of continuous work with nonprofits. He brings his collaborative vision and engaging personality to ThirdSectorCompany, helping to engage our clients’ stakeholders and staff toward cooperative action in order to meet practical, measurable goals. Connect with Wayne on LinkedIn

Erin Rodenbiker

Senior Creative Strategist, Marketing and Communications


With over 15 years of nonprofit experience, Erin has earned a reputation for creative communication which includes digital strategy in marketing, public relations, and social media efforts. He also has a background in community leadership within the faith community, higher education, and the nonprofit sector. Through his work in various communities, he has an established commitment to multicultural community development, grassroots organizational management, and pastoral guidance, thoughtfulness, and compassion. He also has a wide breadth of experience in volunteer empowerment and event management, in which his ability to bring individuals together to serve a common purpose sets him apart. Connect with Erin on LinkedIn

Janet Schulman

Senior Strategist, Interim Leadership


Janet is a recognized nonprofit leader, trainer and interim executive having been named Third Sector Company’s “Interim of the Year” in 2006. Janet is the former Executive Director of Big Sisters of Los Angeles and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Southern California.  She is the lead trainer for the Wells Fargo Executive Directors Institute at Executive Service Corps of Southern California and faculty for the MBA in Nonprofit Management Program at American Jewish University in Los Angeles. She has been a Third Sector Company Interim CEO at Bienvenidos, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, Congregation Adat Shalom, and Westside Children’s Center. In her role as Senior Managing Community Partner Janet provides strategic guidance to customers and engaged interims throughout Southern California. Connect with Janet on LinkedIn

Heyward Watson

Senior Strategist – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access


Heyward is an accomplished, innovative, and growth-focused executive with an extensive background in guiding cross-functional teams in the delivery of program objectives and quality operational service. He hasrepeatedly leveraged skills in the development and implementation of strategies focused on business development, efficiency, relationship management, and enhanced performance as a catalyst to success. He is an effective and collaborative communicator capable of cultivating partnerships to promote cohesive business practices. Connect with Heyward on LinkedIn

Interim of the Year


Deb Merle

Third Sector Company is very pleased to announce that Deb Merle of Olympia, Washington has been named “Interim of the Year” for 2019 for her exemplary leadership as Interim Executive Director of Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) in Seattle. Merle is the sixteenth recipient of the company’s highest national honor that recognizes professionals for providing exemplary transitional leadership to nonprofit organizations, associations and congregations. To read more please view the Press Release.

Past Award Winners:

  • 2018: Les Stocker
  • 2016: Mark Crawford
  • 2015: Joan McBride
  • 2014: Joan Van Hooten
  • 2013: Jerry Kappel and Carole Zavala
  • 2012: Ina Frank
  • 2011: Kathleen Buehler
  • 2010: Tim Kittleson
  • 2009: Ron Van Winkle
  • 2008: Lindsay Shields
  • 2007: Marc Haupert
  • 2006: Janet Schulman
  • 2005: Gabrielle Hass
  • 2004: Alice Klein