We know the organizations and the people of the region: what it means to work, play and live in our communities. Our clients are located in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia. Our candidates, while nationally recruited, most frequently come from the same communities as our clients.  

NPT is committed to supporting organizations through a leadership transition with a high touch and personal approach. The President of the firm, Michelle Pagano Heck, oversees each engagement with a team assembled from our cadre of search professionals. Three consultants contribute to every search process through research, interviewing, writing, data analysis and client interaction.

Michelle Pagano Heck, President

President and Owner of Nonprofit Talent, Michelle works with the social sector to improve the capacity of organizations through transition management and executive recruitment. Mission-driven, Michelle listens to the needs of clients and works as a partner with organizations to fulfill their vision.

Prior to launching Nonprofit Talent in 2013, Michelle was Senior Consultant with Dewey & Kaye. Previously, Michelle worked as the Executive Director of WQEDfm, Community Relations Director of WQED Multimedia, Director of Development for the Children’s Home, Director of Corporate Relations for the American Cancer Society, and various other positions of leadership in the nonprofit community.

A 2019 Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award recipient, Michelle is a 2021 “Women & Business” honoree of Pittsburgh Magazine. Michelle is also on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). She is a guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and various associations and organizations.

Michelle graduated from the College of Wooster and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

The Team

The Search Consultants of NPT bring passion and commitment to nonprofit leadership transition. With a focus on working as a team to support the needs of clients, the experience and tenure of NPT consultants ensures high quality research, data analysis, candidate identification and best practices in recruitment.We assemble a team of 2-3 consultants for each client engagement, based on subject area expertise.

Sarah Deibler

Sarah Deibler has been part of the Nonprofit Talent team since 2014 following four years in the nonprofit sector and two in accounting. With degrees from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pittsburgh, she has lent her talents to institutions such as the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and ParenteBeard LLC. Sarah brings a wealth of research and administrative expertise to the team and uses that knowledge to rapidly and effectively respond to clients’ needs. In addition to her work on executive searches, she also serves as the primary administrator for both the Nonprofit Talent website and its sister Job Board. Sarah is a former children’s librarian and directs that passion to supporting literacy organizations in the Pittsburgh region.