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Who We Are

Company Overview

Nonprofit Talent, LLC was founded as a retained executive search firm and job board in November of 2013. In 2018, Nonprofit Talent expanded our services and reach to include executive development, career transition, Executive Advisors and a more robust Job Board.  Bringing a combined 30+ years of working with organizations in a consultative capacity, Nonprofit Talent primarily focuses on healthy leadership transitions and talent placement.

Based in Pittsburgh, Pa and serving clients across the Mid-Atlantic States, we have successfully completed national searches in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Washington D.C. and Virginia. Our Job Board has no geographical boundaries.

Nonprofit Talent is a proud member and financial supporter of the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations, the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations, The Alliance for Nonprofit Management, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants.

Our Network

As we continue to grow and engage with clients both regionally and nationally, we are focused on building the right teams to enhance our offerings. We have assembled some of the best and brightest in our industry and applied them to specific projects and work teams so we can be both flexible and attentive to the evolving needs of our clients.

Michelle Pagano Heck


For 30 years, Michelle Pagano Heck has worked with the nonprofit community to improve the capacity of organizations through leadership consulting, organizational assessment, transition management and executive recruitment. Mission driven, Michelle listens to the needs of clients and works as a partner with individuals and organizations to fulfill their vision.  Taking special care to understand those needs, Michelle takes into account culture, environment and plans for the future.

A graduate of The College of Wooster, she received her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to starting Nonprofit Talent, 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 and various other positions of leadership in the nonprofit community.  In addition to her background as a strategy consultant and talent recruiter, Michelle was the Assistant Director of Admission for Allegheny College, a therapist and a school counselor, holding her PA state license as a guidance counselor.

Jim McDonald

Executive Advisor

James (Jim) McDonald is the retired managing director for global philanthropy and employee programs at BNY Mellon Corporation. In this position, he was responsible for leading the successful execution of BNY Mellon’s global philanthropic programs, providing leadership, support, and counsel to executives, business managers, colleagues, and community organizations around the world to advance the company’s corporate social responsibility and charitable goals. In addition, McDonald served as director of the BNY Mellon Foundation and president of the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

He received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and in October 2010 was named a University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate, the highest honor bestowed on a Pitt alumnus.

Throughout his career, Jim has served on numerous national and local boards and is currently on the Board of Visitors, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh, the Advisory Committee of the Center for African American Urban Studies and The Economy at Carnegie Mellon University,  and the McCune Foundation.

Lauren Julius

Senior Search Specialist

Lauren has over 10 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. Most recently, she has also consulted on various national, non-profit executive recruitment projects with such notable organizations at Teach For America. Her commitment to social issues and serving vulnerable populations stems from her early work as a Social Worker, providing front-line service in West Philadelphia.

She has several years of experience in both Fund Development and Program Management. Through her work at Women In Distress (WID), a large-scale domestic violence (DV) center in South Florida, Lauren co-lead a $5M capital campaign. She also served as WID’s Director of Social Change, driving the agency’s DV prevention and education initiatives, and overseeing outreach activities of a 20-person AmeriCorps team.

Lauren earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Delaware and also received her Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. She has two young daughters and volunteers her time regularly as the Sponsorship Chair for Hekima Place, a home for orphaned and vulnerable girls in Kenya.

Sarah Deibler

Senior Consultant

Sarah Deibler comes to Nonprofit Talent from a winding road through performing, librarianship, and accounting. She has degrees in East Asian Studies and Music from Bryn Mawr College and a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She has called such institutions as the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh, and ParenteBeard, LLC home over the years and is excited to put her skills to work at NPT. With nearly eight years of research experience as well as six in logistics and administration, she is excited to be part of the team.

As a graduate of an all-women’s college, Sarah is passionate about women’s issues and organizations that support such. When not chasing around her daughter or whippets, she enjoys nerdy pursuits such as board games, sewing, and jamming on her ukulele.

Sarah Wertheimer

Senior Consultant

Sarah Wertheimer has over 20 years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector as a project manager, researcher, writer, and facilitator. Her areas of interest have included nonprofit mergers and strategic alliances, quality standards for youth-serving organizations, strategic planning, leadership development, and executive search services. This last area is where she has focused most of her efforts in recent years. In addition, Sarah has served as a board member and officer for The Group for Recycling in Pennsylvania (now PA Resources Council), Rodef Shalom Congregation, and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and lives with her husband in Wilkinsburg.

Paige Hepple

Senior Consultant

Paige has been working in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years. She has almost that much experience working with Todd. Before joining the Nonprofit Talent team, Paige managed the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute to Enhance Palliative Care. At the Institute, she worked to improve care for seriously ill patients and their families through developing and running programs in the region to expand and provide education and research in palliative care and to build stronger community awareness and understanding about this kind of care. Before her work at the University, Paige provided writing, editing, research, and project support for the team at Dewey & Kaye’s executive search and organizational development work. She has also worked independently for the last eight years as an executive resume consultant particularly for those working in the nonprofit sector. Prior to this, Paige served as a grant writer for Slippery Rock University’s Summer Creative and Performing Arts Academy. Paige graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Professional Writing and a Bachelor’s of Arts in French, as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Slippery Rock University.

Katherine Harrell

Marketing Advisor

Katherine specializes in nonprofit communications, community outreach, digital media management and development.  Known to be a “serial networker,” she prides herself in connecting people to interesting projects and meaningful philanthropies.

Katherine was previously the Director of Communications for The Education Partnership where she led the marketing/communications strategies and many key financial development campaigns.  Prior to that she held the role of Director of Special Programs + Outreach at the Social Innovation Accelerator.

Katherine has an entrepreneurial heritage, and in her past life she founded her own accessories company, K. Lianna Designs, selling her handbags nationally and internationally.

She is a graduate of West Virginia University and currently lives in Upper St. Clair with her husband, Ben, and two sons, Beckett and Parker.

Meg Alarcon

Business Manager

Bio coming soon...

Todd Owens

Job Board Manager

From an early age, Todd spent much of his free time volunteering and working to enhance communities of all shapes, sizes and complexities. Todd has 17 years of experience in non-profit management consulting and executive search and transition-related services.

Prior to creating and launching the Job Board, Todd worked as a Talent and Tour Manager in the music industry, as well as in the education departments of the Carnegie Science Center and the Seneca Zoo Society. He graduated cum laude and President of the Senior Class with a Bachelor’s degree from Bethany College, and received his Masters of Science degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University.

Our Values and Principles

The values and principles that guide us are:

  • Confidentiality –Nonprofit Talent will treat sensitive information confidentially, asking the same of our clients and candidates
  • Diversity – Valuing and respecting the experiences, cultures and beliefs that make each of us unique
  • Integrity – Protecting the Nonprofit Talent reputation as well as that of our clients and candidates
  • Quality – Performing work to the best of our ability and representing our clients in the best possible light
  • Respect – Treating all those with whom we come into contact with dignity and respect
  • Transparency – Sharing all information with our client and appropriate information with candidates
  • Value – Performing quality services for a fee that is fair and reasonable


Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Nonprofit Talent values and respects the full range of social and cultural characteristics, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender identity, mental/physical ability, religion and age.
  • We commit to engaging in robust and honest discussion with our clients about inclusion and diversity and how the organization defines diversity in their mission and values.
  • We believe diversity, inclusion and equity are essential to our ability to serve our clients well.