Meet Our Chairpeople

Hope Johnson-President

Hope Johnson is President and Founder of Pyramind LLC, a twenty-year-old retained executive search firm known for the creative tactics used to uncover passive candidates; the thorough and comprehensive candidate evaluation process along with the genuine and authentic attention that the client receives during the process. Ms. Johnson known as the Navigator has conducted more than 200 assignments for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations with practice areas in health care, hospitality, human service, and international. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina.


Jean Strickland – Vice Chairperson

 Jean is the Vice Chairperson for the National Association Executive Recruiters and has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Realtors and Pinellas Realtor Organization. 25 plus years of experience in the global mobility, relocation, real estate, consulting and public accounting industries has culminated in the success of Signature Source. Her deep understanding of the diverse talent needed to deliver outstanding results has transformed the organization into the premier executive recruiting and talent acquisition consulting organization in the global mobility industry. She holds a graduate degree from the University of Houston with a Masters in Taxation  and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Texas Christian University.


Ellen Heffernan – Treasurer/Chairperson

Ellen Heffernan is president of Spelman Johnson, a premiere executive search firm exclusively committed to serving educational institutions, advocacy associations, and social impact organizations. Ellen provides strategic and operational leadership of the firm and oversees its presidential/CEO search practice. Under her direction, Spelman Johnson has emerged as one of the nation’s most respected executive search firms. Ellen currently serves on the board of the National Association of Executive Recruiters and is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Executive Search Roundtable and the Network of Non-profit Search Consultants (NNSC).