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KEES Retained by Little City to Lead Executive Director Search

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Nonprofit and public sector executive search firm KEES has been exclusively retained by Little City Foundation in its search for its next Executive Director. With over ten programs throughout the Chicagoland area, Little City engages and supports individuals, families, and communities to ensure that children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities can realize their unique potential to live safely, learn continuously, explore creatively, and work productively. KEES President Heather Eddy and Project Coordinator Megan Taylor will lead the search, and the new leader is expected to start in 2023. Shawn Jeffers, having served and expanded Little City over the past 20 years, will retire after a new leader is identified. 

As a premier executive search firm, KEES specializes in executive searches for top nonprofit executive positions such as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, and President roles. KEES has a long history of placing accomplished executives within the Chicago metropolitan area and in the state of Illinois. For over two decades, the team at KEES has been a leader in offering a proven search process with creative and unique approaches designed to fit each client partner’s needs.  

Little City Board of Directors selected KEES after reviewing several competitive proposals. “KEES came highly recommended to the board during our succession planning process,” said Greg Burns, President of the Board of Directors. “The KEES team and their excellence in nonprofit executive search stood out to us because they were familiar with our needs and understood the mission behind our caring community. We are thrilled to be in a partnership with KEES.”  

KEES’ work helps ensure that missions are fulfilled, visions are achieved, leaders can succeed, and clients can change the world through the meaningful missions they serve. This partnership builds upon KEES’ long list of client partners who serve and support individuals with disabilities in a multitude of ways.  

“Congratulations to Shawn Jeffers as he takes this exciting next step. I remember when Shawn came to the Chicagoland area from Springfield. He has since transformed Little City in almost every aspect,” said Heather Eddy. “It is an honor to have been competitively selected to lead Little City into this stage of transition. We look forward to partnering with leadership in the coming months.” 

Confidential inquiries, candidate recommendations, and questions concerning this Executive Director search may be addressed to 

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

About Little City   

Established as a nonprofit organization in 1959, Little City’s mission is to serve children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by providing the best options and opportunities to live safely, learn continuously, explore creatively, and work productively throughout their lifetime. Little City offers a portfolio of programs that include 24/7 supportive residential settings for children and adults, a therapeutic children’s day school, foster care and adoption, home-based family support, health and wellness services, and a variety of therapeutic day programs such as employment services, horticulture, fitness, and recreation. For more information, visit  


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