Board Role in Making Mergers Work
How much do board members need to know about the direct services an agency provides? Following a merger in 2011, Mike Tarpinian, CEO of Alliance for Children and Families member The Opportunity Alliance in Portland, Maine, found that he had some work to do.
A profile of The Opportunity Alliance provides more background on board engagement and the organization’s journey as a Strategy Counts pilot site.
For more information, contact the Strategy Counts Staff.
About the Author
Michael Mortell is the director of consultation and advisory services at the Alliance. Previously, he directed the Strategy Counts Initiative. He came to the Alliance after leading one of several Lean Six Sigma projects underway within a major public school system, in partnership with the GE Healthcare Foundation. Previously, he launched an Innovation Fund while directing a $5.1 million grant for the Greater Milwaukee Committee and for 10 years prior, he oversaw operations in the multiple locations of a 12-agency human service partnership. As a senior member of the American Society for Quality he served as an examiner with a state-level Baldrige-based program. Mortell earned a master’s in industrial organizational psychology and has additional training in organizational culture and strategic change.