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St. Joseph Orphanage

What our client has to say

Need:          Guidance for Search/Succession Planning Committee

Service:     Executive search for Chief Executive Officer


When its Executive Director of 24 years announced his pending retirement, the St. Joseph Orphanage Board of Advisors created a Search/Succession Planning Committee which retained Smith Beers Yunker to help guide its work. St. Joe previously had turned to the management and fundraising firm for professional counsel with its successful capital campaign and the search for its chief development officer.


Committee co-chair and SJO Board member Mike LaRosa states, “The executive search and selection process we utilized with SBY to recruit our new CEO was satisfactory in every way. Their team took charge in managing this important assignment and led the process with an energetic approach that met our timeline.”


“I highly recommend the leadership recruitment services of Smith Beers Yunker & Company after seeing their creative and thorough process. In less than five months and using a national search strategy, the firm collaborated with our Board Committee and produced a candidate from far across the county who we expect to wow the agency. The SBY staff’s drive, integrity, creativity, and attention to detail stand out in their approach to executive recruitment,” states outgoing Executive Director Robert J. Wehr, Ph.D.


As a candidate, I found the Smith Beers Yunker team to be very helpful throughout the search, states Eric Cummins. I was particularly impressed with the level communication over a five month period keeping me informed and engaged in the process. Both Jenny Weiglein and Jim Yunker were quick to assist and help with any issues and were responsive to my questions. With the distance and time zone difference there were potential challenges; however, with Smith Beers Yunker & Company everything went extremely smoothly.”


An agency of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati founded in 1829, St. Joseph Orphanage (SJO) provides residential, educational and community treatment programs for children who have been abused, neglected, severely emotionally disturbed, or who are developmentally disabled. With over 300 staff, 80 foster parents, SJO is annually changing the lives of over 1,800 children from the Greater Cincinnati community and from throughout the State of Ohio. For more about St. Joseph Orphanage, visit www.sjokids.org.