SBS Team

Mitchell Berger


Mitchell L. Berger, Chief Executive Officer brings over 30 years of search experience to Stephen-Bradford. Mitch’s broad understanding across industries, has allowed for his continued commitment to driving his teams’ business. He regularly counsels the firm’s leadership in talent management strategies and human resources matters. His passion for coaching colleagues, clients and candidates is demonstrated by his commitment to delivering beyond client expectation on each and every search. Mitch is instrumental in creating and fostering a company culture that encourages team members to play an integral role in the firm’s success. He also leads the company in operations, finance and administration and is a key decision maker regarding the growth of Stephen-Bradford Search.  Mitch holds a B.S. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Linda Schaler


Linda Schaler, President joined Stephen-Bradford Search in 2001. Linda brings many years of Executive Search, Advertising and Marketing industry experience to her leadership role at Stephen-Bradford. As a Search Consultant, Linda is responsible for providing the firm’s clients with insights and direction on evolving their organizational structures and capabilities, developing senior management succession plans and defining profiles of key senior hires.  Linda’s Search career was preceded by a successful career in the Advertising and Marketing industry, during which she worked at several global, New York based agencies, including: Bozell, Grey and Jordan McGrath/Arnold WW. In this capacity, she had the benefit of partnering with major blue-chip clients such as Kraft, Revlon and Procter & Gamble as well as leading healthcare companies, including: Novartis and SmithKline Beecham. Linda finds that her industry experience and personal network are integral to conducting senior level searches and building Stephen-Bradford's advertising, media, analytics and market research practices. Linda graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an honors degree in Art History and a minor in Business from The Wharton School.

Nannette Willner

Managing Director – Beauty, Luxury, Style
Nannette Willner is the Managing Director of Stephen-Bradford’s Beauty, Luxury and Style Practice. Nannette is recognized as a premier recruiter with over 20 years of experience. Her passion for these industries and keen ability to identify stellar talent contribute to enduring partnerships with preeminent companies from global corporations to boutique brands. With her dynamic personality, deep industry knowledge and ability to ask the right questions, Nannette grasps her clients’ needs and engages senior level talent who contribute to their growth.

Nannette holds a degree in Economics from New York University.

Andrew Smerczak-Zorza

Senior Director

Since 2007, Andrew has worked as an Executive Search Consultant with Campbell & Company, a leading national consultancy to nonprofit institutions and organizations. During his ten years in recruiting, Andrew completed searches across the country for senior leaders of universities, liberal arts colleges, independent schools, museums, in addition to youth development and scholarship organizations. He was also responsible for recruiting the firm’s fundraising consultants.

Andrew is passionate about providing personalized, efficient and candid service to clients and utilizing his broad network to uncover and identify stellar candidates. Across all of his searches, Andrew partners with clients to deliver a range of skilled candidates who are authentic, driven and mission-oriented. During the course of his career, Andrew has presented to multiple associations, including: Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He currently serves as chair of the Marketing and Social Media committee of the Network of Nonprofit Search Consultants and regularly moderates panel discussions on career advancement for his alma mater, Albion College.

Before entering nonprofit executive search, Andrew was an educator, teaching English in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, and later Physical Education at Cristo Rey St. Martin in Waukegan, Illinois. Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and History from Albion College in Michigan.

Hank Lowenstein

Senior Director, Conservation and Environmental

Hank is a Senior Director of Stephen Bradford Search and leads the conservation and environmental practice team. Hank has a lifetime of boots-on-the-ground experience saving wild animals and wild places, and has strong views about making planet earth a sustainable environment for future generations. Hank is a long-time well-respected search consultant who has recruited world class talent for non-profit conservation and environmental groups that save birds, big cats, and elephants, as well as organizations that purchase and protect wild land areas which are important habitats to these many wild species.
Prior to joining Stephen Bradford Search, Hank was the Executive Director at the NY City Health and Hospitals Corporation and the CEO of Nursing Services, Inc., a California based provider of home healthcare services and hospital staffing.

Hank is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Business Administration.

Miriam Raccah

Senior Director – Nonprofit
Miriam Raccah joined Stephen-Bradford Search to expand the firm’s nonprofit practice to include preparatory educational organizations. Prior to Stephen Bradford, Miriam had a long career in nonprofit. Most notably she was the founding Executive Director of Girls Preparatory Charter Schools and the Public Prep Network. Miriam has also worked at Achievement First Network and Urban Teaching Corps. She has experience in the education reform movement including founding high performing schools and focusing on the development of teachers and community engagement. Prior to her work with schools, Miriam was involved in workforce development and housing services also in New York City. Miriam holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an MBA from NYU.