Meet Our Team

Kathleen Yazbak, Founder/President

Kathleen brings more than twenty years experience building the talent strategies of high-impact philanthropies and social sector organizations as well as at mission-driven corporations. She founded Viewcrest Advisors to bring best in class executive search practices to a select number of clients seeking a highly personal approach to searching for diverse CEOs, CFOs, COOs and other senior leaders.
She partnered with two boutique firms after having spent nearly a decade at The Bridgespan Group, an affiliate of Bain & Company. At Bridgespan, Kathleen created and built a search practice that successfully led 200+ senior searches. She continues to advise Bridgespan on senior searches.
Earlier in her career, Kathleen worked in London and Boston with Whitehead Mann. She also spent seven years leading multinational searches in Europe and Asia for Heidrick & Struggles, based in Paris.
Kathleen co-authored an article in Harvard Business Review, “Get ready for your next assignment,” and has been widely quoted on leadership and diversity-related topics in Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week, The New York Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has also written numerous articles for The Bridgespan Group’s website, including a recent series of three interviews about effective nonprofit boards.
Bilingual, and a dual French and American national, she holds a BA in International Relations and French from Tufts University and an MA from New York University/La Sorbonne. Kathleen is a proud board member of the nationally recognized Riverview School in East Sandwich, Massachusetts. In her spare time, she is deepening her yoga practice, and enjoys ethnic cooking, photography of urban and mountain landscapes, and travel.

Lauren Schaad, Director

Lauren brings nearly a decade of executive search experience and a passion for social impact and enterprise shaped by prior work in microfinance. As a member of Viewcrest Advisors’ founding team, she partners on all aspects of client engagements, from initial discovery and planning, to overseeing research, to building relationships that lead to the identification of diverse, mission-driven candidates.
Before joining Viewcrest Advisors, Lauren was a search consultant in Boston with Korn Ferry, the global leader in talent consulting services and the world’s largest provider of executive search. She drove search strategy and execution for the nonprofit, higher education, global financial services and board services practices.
When not recruiting, Lauren is an avid traveler and aspiring mountaineer, having summited the tallest peaks in Africa and Europe. Her love of travel and mission-driven work began during a semester abroad in Spain, where she volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Red Cross of Salamanca; she later worked at Grameen Bank.
Lauren speaks Spanish and Italian, and earned her BA in Spanish and Theatre from Colby College and her MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

April Quigley, Operations Manager

April brings over a decade of program and project management experience in the health and human services fields. In her Operations Manager role at Viewcrest Advisors, she coordinates meeting logistics with search committees, spearheads research initiatives and ensures the smooth running of day-to-day operations.
Previously, April served as a Project Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance where she collaborated with frontline staff, middle managers and senior leads to execute high profile agency initiatives. Prior to this, she served as the Employment Service Program Analyst where she worked across departments to design, implement, and monitor programs for welfare recipients.
April holds a BS in Marketing from Western Carolina University.