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On behalf of the Board of Governors of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve Schall publicly for the superb job he did assisting us in filling our open position for Executive Director. Steve’s experience and professionalism were not only crucial in finding an ED of the highest quality but also in attracting our first choice candidate to us.

Steve delivered on-time on every single expectation: he initiated a search through his resources and others recommended by us; he reviewed a long list of CVs, conducted telephone interviews with as many as two dozen and in-person interviews with the best of them, and presented our busy search committee members with a short list of highly qualified candidates in the expected time frame.

He assisted us through the interview process with incredibly useful advice at each step. He represented us through negotiation details leading to a successful conclusion with our preferred candidate, and provided advice on the public announcement. We couldn’t be more pleased with Steve’s work.

Kevin Foley, Board Chair



On behalf of WaterAid America I would like to thank and commend Schall & Russo Planning Works, LLC for their excellent work in helping us hire a new Director of Development and Communications.

It was a pleasure to work with Steve throughout the process. He was highly professional and kept us closely informed every step of the way. I found his summaries of his interviews very helpful and his assessment of the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses was excellent.

I was impressed by the way in which Steve carefully assessed our organizational needs. As a result we were able to jointly identify the candidate with the best fit.

Thank you again for your great contribution to the strengthening of our organization.

David Winder, PhD
CEO, WaterAid America



Dear Mr Schall,

On behalf of the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) Board of Directors and General Membership, I wanted to thank and commend Schall & Russo Planning Works, LLC... for the extraordinary work you did in helping us recruit a new Executive Director.

You guided us firmly yet with sensitivity through a complex and thorough screening process. You remained acutely aware and made strategic use of your client's time and energy, and kept us focused and on track with the projected timeframe...

...You put us at ease with your systematic and meticulous assessment of each candidate, and your citation of objective criteria for recommendations and decisions... you integrated an intuitive and perceptive quality to your assessments. You made the time and effort to understand the culture of the organization, and the personalities and dynamics of the NYSACHO membership... You listened, heard and "got" not only NYSACHO but also the candidates and thus were able to help us find the best fit.


Patsy Yang, Dr.P.H.
New York State Association of County Health Officials


Dear All:

We had a most productive day on Saturday and I thank each of you for your full hearted participation...

Special thanks to Steve Schall for his even-handedness and wise counsel throughout...

Best regards,

Laura Jervis
Chair, Search Committee, Presbyterian Senior Services
Executive Director, WSFSSH



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