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Suzanne Maas, partner
508-208-8796
smaas@leadertransitions.com
Stephen Pitcher, partner
508-450-2545
Suzanne Maas, partner
Suzanne Maas has dedicated her professional career to promoting the welfare of others through support of the nonprofit sector. During her seventeen years at the Boston Globe Foundation, eleven as executive director, Suzanne supported the work of countless nonprofits in the Boston area, and emerged as a leader and collaborator in multiple partnerships among funders, nonprofits and the public sector to address critical social needs.

Following her years at the Globe Foundation, Suzanne served as Interim President of Associated Grant Makers and as Executive Director of the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation. It was this interim leadership work combined with her understanding of the challenges faced by nonprofits, and in particular the loss of momentum during a leadership change, that prompted Suzanne to develop the executive transition management model in New England.

Suzanne began her consulting career in 1999 working with nonprofits in the areas of organizational assessment and development, strategic planning, and program development. In 2002 realizing she was particularly skilled at helping nonprofits work through a leadership change – not just finding a new executive director, but actually helping the organization step up to a new level of performance as they worked through the transition -- Suzanne focused her consulting work on leadership changes.

In 2007, Suzanne and business partner Steve Pitcher renamed the consulting practice Leadership Transitions. Through a variety of techniques, Suzanne helps nonprofits take what is often a stressful experience – the loss of the executive director – and turn it into a time of creativity in which board and staff lay the foundation for expanded organizational performance, and create an environment in which the new leader is likely to thrive.

Leadership Transitions also provides key supportive services to successful leadership transitions -- succession planning, board development, placement of interim executives, support for financial analysis and support for marketing and communications.

Throughout her career, Suzanne has served as founder, chair and member of numerous boards. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the Board of Directors of Touchstone Community School in Grafton, MA.
Stephen Pitcher, partner
With a background in corporate finance and management, Steve served as Director of Finance and Systems at Norton Advanced Ceramics in Worcester, MA and as Vice President of Finance and Controller at Vetrotex, a Saint Gobain company located in Philadelphia, PA.

In 1995, Steve founded Compass Partners to strengthen small and medium size organizations through strategic planning, process improvement, and on-demand management support. Steve excels at financial management and has turned around faltering organizations on several occasions.

Steve has extensive experience as an interim executive director and interim CFO. Recent clients include Preservation Worcester, AllMedia Solutions, Maven Enteratinment, KidKids, and Davenport Investment Group.

Steve is currently President of the EcoTarium in Worcester, MA.

Steve has long been active in the community.
Current community service includes:

Greater Worcester Community Foundation - not-for-profit Advisory Committee
Worcester Art Museum - Corporator
YMCA of Central Massachusetts - Corporator
Higgins Armory Museum - board member
Worcester Music - board member, member of investment committee
AIDS Project Worcester - Advisory Board member

Past Community service includes:

Higgins Armory Museum - past Board Chair
Worcester Music - past Board Chair
Internatiional Center of Worcester - board member, Finance Committee chair
Boy Scouts of America, Mohegan Council - board member
Alliance for Education - Administrative Improvement Committee

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