Team of Interim Executives

Interim Executive Solutions has created a pool of highly experienced senior executives who are available for transitional leadership or specialized consulting roles to assist nonprofit organizations. Clients can engage these senior level professionals on an individual basis or benefit from a team of complementary experts working in collaboration to resolve interconnected issues.


Christian Dame, Partner

Cristian W. Dame

Christian W. Dame

Chris has been managing change for government, business, and nonprofit organizations for over 40 years. He founded Non Profit Transitions (NPT) in 2003.  He has direct experience managing large-scale  government and development projects involving design, finance, market research, legal issues, and community relations. Later he served as a consultant to closely-held businesses throughout the northeast and internationally. He has served as Interim Executive Director (IED) for many different kinds of organizations including a major homeless veteran’s shelter, Rhode Island’s largest Hispanic social service agency, a regional nonprofit housing development agency, a child care center, and a $30 million social service agency. He’s consulted to funders in several states about nonprofit turnarounds.



David Harris, Partner

David Harris has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations to develop and implement strategies to improve operations, marketing, board governance, and leadership team effectiveness.  He is currently co-chair of Community Action Partners, a consulting organization that provides services to Boston area nonprofits. In that capacity David has led projects with a diverse set of organizations including YouthBuild Boston, the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Commonwealth Land Trust and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and, most recently, as the interim Executive Director of the education improvement oriented Springfield Empowerment Zone in western Massachusetts.

While experienced in a wide range of nonprofit and private sector operations, he has a strong interest and deep background in education. David received his School Superintendent license in Massachusetts in May 2011.  He spent five years as Deputy Director of Teachers21, a school teacher focused professional development service provider, where he was responsible for strategic planning, business development, finance and operations. He also provided coaching and consulting services to school and district leaders on business strategy and organization.   David was Managing Director of the UPCS Institute, which created model leadership and classroom instruction strategies for 200 urban and rural Early College High Schools nation-wide. David also spent six years in the classroom as an 8th grade math teacher.
David holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MAT from Simmons College and a Sc.B. in Biochemistry from Brown University.


Franklin Reece, Partner


Franklin Reece

Mr. Reece is a seasoned executive with over 40 years of management experience in both industry and not-for-profit organizations. An enthusiastic entrepreneurial leader, he has established strengths in strategic planning, fundraising and financial management, product and program introduction, marketing, organizational transition management, and board development.  After serving as President of the public entity, Frank transitioned from his for-profit to his not-for-profit career with an interim experience serving as a Senior Fellow at Tuft’s University’s College of Citizenship and Public Service. More recently Frank has dedicated his leadership energies to the nonprofit arena, particularly environmental science education for urban youth and experiential learning through horticulture and the natural world. He co-founded the Global Habitat Project and oversaw the merger with the Urban Ecology Institute.


Barbara Thornton, Managing Partner

Barbara Thornton

Barbara Thornton is an entrepreneur with a solid skill set in initiating new projects, working with problem solving, organizational development, change management and strategic facilitation. She brings a combination of deep experience in public policy,  internet technology, social services and theater.  She offers a strong educational background and a passionate interest in issues facing organizations in transition.  Her background includes experience working with populations in need of special support including policy and financial interventions.  She worked in the “war on poverty” for the Fort Green Community Corporation in New York City.   She served as Director of Planning for the Dept. of Mental Retardation during the deinstitutionalization of state schools and helped develop the statewide network of community residences and sheltered workshops.  She ran a federally funded demonstration program in conjunction with the Cambridge Housing Authority to provide housing and services to homeless women and their children. As a member of the Charlestown Working Theater in Boston, she raised money to acquire and develop the property and plan a series of special neighborhood programs.  She served as the Director of the Local Officials Human Services Council, a part of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, to work with the state’s cities and towns to strengthen their human services related capacities, including health services, veterans services, senior centers and councils on aging, and children’s services.


Stan Burrows

Stan Burrows

Stan Burrows

Over his forty year career Stan Burrows has managed software engineering organizations in internet startups, information technology groups as a chief information officer, and has consulted to organizations as diverse as the World Bank Group and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has worked full time for the Oracle Corporation as a Software Engineering Manager and for the Microsoft Corporation as a Senior Technical Account Manager. Most recently he has worked as a Business Intelligence Management Consultant and as a Senior Program Manager for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Burrows is a lifelong Cambridge Massachusetts resident and an experienced management consultant, focused on technology. He has worked for and advised technology companies as well as corporate and government officials in for-profit and nonprofit enterprises.


Tom Colligan

Tom has worked as a nonprofit President, CEO, consultant and Interim Executive Director for over 40 years with organizations ranging from the Arthritis Foundation as a Senior Vice-President supervising chapter development to the United South End Settlements as Interim President, to Interim Executive Director with the Mystic Community Center facilitating his fourth nonprofit merger to Interim Executive Director of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association.  This is just to name a few on his extensive client list.  He has extensive experience in serving national membership and affiliate organizations.

Tom now specializes in senior executive and financial development positions, works in crisis and turnaround management, facilitates strategic and board development planning.  In addition he brings extensive experience in financial analysis, budget development and management and offers creative solutions to challenging financial situations.

Tom holds an undergraduate degree from Goddard College, Plainfield, VT and a Masters in Human Service Administration from Springfield College, Springfield, MA


Larry Fitzmaurice

Larry FitzmauriceLarry has many years of experience in various sectors: banking  – 20 years at State Street Corporation; government – he served as Massachusetts State Comptroller and Commissioner of Revenue; and private industry – various financial management positions including Corporate Controller and Vice President of Finance. Larry’s also taught  – he was Adjunct Professor of Public Fiscal Management at the Northeastern Graduate School of Political Science and lectured at the New England College of Finance. Most recently he served the nonprofit sector  as President and CEO of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston.

Larry’s extensive volunteer activities have given him insights into problem solving beyond his career positions. He’s served as a Board member to the Bostonian Society, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the New Bedford Oceanarium and the USS Constitution Museum. He’s also volunteered with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Executive Service Corps of New England reviewing budgets and programs and providing remedial advice to nonprofits. Larry’s  style is collegial, allowing staff to participate fully in planning and execution of goals. He holds himself and staff to the highest standards of conduct and accountability to measurable results.

Larry has been recognized by the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and the Pioneer Institute. He was  awarded the Snyder Distinguished Service Award by the Babson Alumni Association and is a past recipient of the Marine Corps League Distinguished Citizen Award.

Larry graduated from Babson College with a BA and currently serves as Vice President of the Babson Alumni Association.


Gloria Franqui

Gloria FranquiGloria Franqui has over 25 years of nonprofit leadership, capacity building and management experience. Her passion is to help nonprofit organizations achieve their full potential by supporting their leaders, building social relevance and impact, and improving overall effectiveness. With more than 15 years of C-suite leadership experience, she has the expertise to quickly assess an organization’s internal and board operations, and identify and implement critical improvements to remove barriers to an organization’s success.

Gloria has held senior management positions in several human services and health organizations, and has also served as Interim Executive Director for two organizations.

Gloria defines success by achieving identified objectives and leaving behind a re-energized board and staff that possess the capacity and resources to steward a sustainable organization. Combining her strengths with those of the teams she guides, she has successfully improved interactions with boards and staff, and has assisted in transforming organizations into efficient and revitalized forces in the world of human services.

Gloria received a Bachelor of Science from City University of New York – Herbert H. Lehman College, New York, NY and her Master’s of Science in Social Services from Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA.


Lynne Molnar

Lynne Molnar is recognized as a leader in the field of executive transitions, serving her first of nine interim executive director roles in 1999. Since that time, she oversaw the placements of 80 interim and transition consultants through her work with Third Sector New England in Boston and The Support Center in New York.   Lynne has an MBA from Boston University and an Ed.M. from Harvard. She began consulting career in 1993, after a 20-year in nonprofit management serving at various times as supervisor, controller and executive director. She conducts workshops on succession planning and executive transitions for consultants, board members and executive directors.


Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Chris Moore is an executive, manager and leader in digital marketing.  With nearly 25 years of experience in the industry, he is passionate about helping his clients, and their customers use their data to improve sales, marketing, customer experience and operational outcomes.  Industries served include education, telecommunications, financial, insurance, retail, vacation destination and cable.



Stephen Schaffer

Steven SchafferSteve  Schaffer is a senior executive with high level skills in strategic planning, program development, fund development, Board and community relations. With strong operational, financial and program management expertise he is a team builder, motivator and spokesperson.

As Executive Director, he grew one small local organization to a leadership regional entity with sites in multiple cities, known for innovation and quality care.  As Chief Operating Officer of a nationally known research and service organization, he modernized operations, and implemented new services. As Interim President, Steve started the organization on its new strategic direction.

He also served on community nonprofit Boards, and was Chair of the Board both for a community health center a regional child welfare Advisory Board.

Steve is committed to strengthening organizations to effectively meet their missions. While every organization is different the core elements of sustainability are the same: strong executive-Board and executive-staff relationships; clarity of mission/ vision/strategy; and rigorous operational management aligned with strategy. Philanthropic entities must continuously balance mission and margin.


N. Paul TonThat

N. Paul Ton That

N. Paul Ton That

Over the past two decades Paul has earned a reputation for re-setting organizations and positioning them for long-term success.  He has deep knowledge in the fields of human services and housing as well as advocacy communities, and has managed transition in those fields both as a CEO and as an Interim Executive.  Paul’s forte is board development, fundraising, programs and strategy.  Paul has dealt with the opportunities and ramifications of nonprofit mergers. In his last engagement, he orchestrated the merger and successful integration of 3 disease-based nonprofits, creating the largest national organization of its kind.  Having come to the U.S. from Vietnam in 1975, Paul recognized how personally public policies impacted his own life and committed himself to work on behalf of those whose lives have been marginalized.

Paul began his nonprofit career in the early 90’s at BayCove Human Services, opening a bi-lingual, bi-cultural group home for homeless, mentally ill, Southeast Asians (a national model).    During his 8 years there, the agency underwent a period of rapid expansion as the Commonwealth privatized human services and Paul’s responsibilities grew to assume operational leadership and specialization in finance and housing.


Marty Walz

Martha M. Walz

Martha M. Walz

Marty Walz has a distinguished record of accomplishment in the nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors, which allows her to draw on the strengths of each when working with her clients. She provides executive level support to organizations of all sizes, and her work includes project management, strategic planning, fundraising, communications and advocacy, board development, and interim leadership roles.

Marty served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, a $19 million organization serving 30,000 patients annually at seven health centers and reaching more than 50,000 students, parents, and teaching professionals each year through its education programs.  She has held leadership positions at nonprofit and public organizations including Jumpstart for Young Children, where she was Vice President of Development, and Boston Public Schools, where she was Assistant Director of Human Resources.  She served on the boards of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, MassInsight Education, the National Center on Time and Learning, and NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts. She has also served as a member of the Charles River Water Quality Commission, the Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, the Kingsley Montessori School Advisory Council, and the Women’s Lunch Place Board of Directors and Advisory Committee.  A former State Representative, she represented the 8th Suffolk District for 8 years.