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Fernwood Botanical Garden names KEES to lead its search for newly expanded role: Director of Development

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KEES/Alford Executive Search, a leading nonprofit Executive Search firm, has been exclusively retained by Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles, Michigan, to lead its search for a newly configured role of Director of Development. Fernwood is a special place, open to the community all year long, where people, plants, and nature come together and includes an arboretum, botanical garden, and nature preserve. Leading the search are KEES CEO and President Heather Eddy and Consultant Stacy Harker.

KEES holds high standards as an industry leader in Development and Fundraising roles. With more than 23 years of experience in nonprofit Executive Search and hundreds of successful past and current client partnerships, KEES continues to have a strong track record placing, creating, and supporting development roles nationwide. KEES predecessor firm started as mostly doing fundraising searches. Today, KEES has a diverse portfolio of clients and searches, with a focus on CEO/ED and fundraising searches in multiple sectors. 

KEES is a national boutique firm and provides a personalized touch to meet our specific needs,” said Carol Line, Fernwood’s Executive Director. “KEES was recommended to us by a Fernwood board member who had interactions with the firm in another local project. As an industry leader, the KEES team understands our goals, and we are energized by what is to come.

More information regarding the Director of Development opportunity will be released soon as the comprehensive regional search begins. Please contact for more information or for candidate referrals.

About KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a non-profit executive search firm that builds diverse teams and dynamic leaders in the non-profit and public sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of non-profit consulting services, including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit


Jamie Sheffler