Jerry Larson, Ed.D.

Jerry Larson is managing partner at Educational Directions, a nationally recognized independent school consulting and executive search firm. Jerry has served as a teacher, coach, administrator, and head of school. He currently is a trustee at the Winchendon School and has served on three other independent school boards.

Jerry earned his B.S. from the University of New Hampshire, his M.B.A. from New Hampshire College and his Ed.D. from Boston University. He continually avails himself of opportunities to further his knowledge about leadership and organizational systems and is accredited by Hay Group Consulting, Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, The Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, Linkage, Inc., Multi-Health Systems, Inc. and Vistage International, Inc.


Ren Massey, Ph.D.

Ren Massey is a licensed psychologist who has practiced in the Atlanta area for over 28 years. After 2 years of consulting in a residential psychiatric hospital and outdoor treatment program with children and adolescents, he went into full-time independent practice. He provides psychotherapy and assessment for children, adolescents, and adults.  Dr. Massey has published on several topic areas, including gender identity, and he presents seminars primarily on gender identity issues. He has provided training for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), mental and medical healthcare professionals and students, US Federal Bureau of Prisons Staff, and faculties and staffs of numerous schools as well as universities.


Brian Nevins

Principal and Managing Director Brian Nevins has provided professional counsel and service to educational, healthcare, conservation, advocacy, and international organizations. Since joining CCS in 1990, Brian has had extensive experience supporting clients in achieving their visions and dreams. For Brian, raising funds for many different clients for over 20 years has been a personally rewarding experience.  Brian manages the firm’s business in New England. He is often invited to speak and present at conferences in the Northeast and New England for industry groups like Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).


Cathy Trower, Ph.D.

For over 20 years, Dr. Trower has been providing governance consulting services to nonprofit organizations that include colleges and universities, hospitals and health care systems, independent schools, foundations, and community service organizations. As president and a principal of Trower & Trower, Inc., she combines her knowledge of governance and strategic thinking, and her skills at building high performance teams to create an experience for boards that translates into energy, action, and a sharedcommitment to excellence. She has studied nonprofit board governance, and faculty employment issues, policies, and practices since 1996.  In November 2013 she made the decision to transition fully to governance consulting and research.