Christopher Keevil, Partner & Managing Director

Chris is Partner and Managing Director of Wellspring, and is based in the firm’s New Haven office. He brings over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, process improvement, revenue generation, growth strategies, organizational development, alliances and mergers, board development and other areas.

Previously, Chris was a Partner at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). While at BCG, he was head of the Operational Effectiveness practice area for the Americas, a member of the Organizational Practice Area, and a member of the BCG Strategy Institute, which develops new strategy approaches, using a multi-disciplinary orientation. He also oversaw the training of all consultants for the Boston, New York, D.C. and Atlanta offices.

Prior to BCG, Chris was a Consultant at Harbridge House, a consulting firm that serves top corporations using a case-study method to train senior managers in strategy and organizational excellence.

Chris has been an instructor at the Yale School of Management. Additionally, he was the General Manager of the Keith Martin Ballet Company in Portland, Oregon. He has studied solar energy engineering and house construction at Northeastern University, and worked for eight years as a solar home builder and carpenter in Vermont and Oregon. He has also done extensive work in the area of Youth Development.

Chris received his Master’s in Public and Private Administration from Yale School of Management (an MBA for nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit businesses). He graduated with a BA in Music from Amherst College, where he graduated summa cum laude.

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"Ultimately we must ask – what is the purpose of our lives? For me, it is to be of service to others and make a meaningful difference in the world. Wellspring Consulting gives me a wonderful opportunity to do that."

Education:

  • Yale School of Management, Master’s in Public and Private Management (an MBA for nonprofit, governmental, and for-profit businesses), with a selected focus on nonprofits
  • Amherst College, BA, Music, summa cum laude

Affiliations:

  • Woodbridge Land Trust, Board member
  • Single Flower Sangha, Member

Ashley Lanfer, Partner

Ashley is a Partner and oversees Wellspring’s Boston office. She brings experience in strategic planning, impact assessment, communications and systems thinking.

Previously, Ashley worked as a Portfolio Manager for Strategic Grant Partners, a foundation and pro-bono consulting firm. Prior to that, Ashley worked as a Senior Researcher for the Barr Foundation, managed the Heart of the City project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and facilitated land-based microenterprise schemes with agro-pastoralists in rural Kenya.

Ashley is a founding Board Member of My Sister’s Keeper, an organization that supports Sudanese women through education and advocacy. Ashley received her MESc at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She graduated with a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, where she won the Faculty Award for Excellence in Environmental Studies.

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Education:

  • Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow
  • Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, MESc
  • Dartmouth College, BA English and Environment Studies, Faculty Award for excellence in E.S.

Affiliations:

  • My Sister's Keeper, board member
  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, member

Mary Wissemann, Partner

Mary has been a Partner at Wellspring for over ten years and founded the Boston office.  During her tenure at Wellspring, Mary has consulted on strategy, business planning, and organizational development with a broad array of clients, including direct service providers, advocacy groups, universities, research institutions, foundations, and public/private partnerships. 

Prior to Wellspring, Mary spent eight years with the Boston Consulting Group, leading teams consulting to Fortune 500 companies on questions related to growth and organizational effectiveness.  At BCG, Mary was a member of the health care practice group and the career development committee.

Mary has also held leadership positions in a variety of mission-driven organizations. Most recently, Mary oversaw direct service for BELL, a national nonprofit that partners with schools and districts to offer high-quality summer programming to 12,000 children in underserved communities across the country.  Earlier, Mary headed sales and marketing for UpToDate, the leading online clinical reference for physicians.  Mary also worked as a small business lender for Shorebank Corporation, a unique bank holding company with a social mission to invest in low-income neighborhoods in Chicago.  Mary’s first position out of college was as a high school mathematics teacher.

Mary received her Master's in Public and Private Administration from the Yale School of Management. She graduated with a BA in History from Wesleyan University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year.

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Education:

  • Yale School of Management, Master's in Public and Private Administration
  • Wesleyan University, BA, History, Phi Beta Kappa

Amy Anenberg, principal

Amy is a Principal in Wellspring’s New York office. She brings experience in program strategy, performance evaluation, market analysis and fundraising.

Previously, Amy worked at Robin Hood Foundation in the Jobs and Economic Security Portfolio where she monitored, analyzed and reported on the performance of new and existing grantees. Amy also worked in marketing and fundraising at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a social service agency in Manhattan and was selected to serve as an AVODAH Fellow, where she provided pro bono civil legal services to low income New Yorkers as part of a Jewish service program.

Amy received her MBA from Columbia Business School. She graduated with a BS in Social Policy from Northwestern University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Education:

  • Columbia Business School, MBA
  • Northwestern University, BS, Social Policy, summa cum laude

Allison Fry, senior Principal

Allison Fry is a Senior Principal and the Office Lead of Wellspring’s New York office.  She brings experience in business strategy across diverse industries including financial services, market research, retail, and non-profits.

Previously, Allison was an Associate Product Manager at OppenheimerFunds in New York, where she focused on retirement planning strategies and providing tools for individuals to better prepare financially for the future.  Allison also worked at MarketTree, a boutique market research firm, conducting quantitative and qualitative research to help large firms make strategic decisions.

Allison is the Vice Chair of the Board for LEAD, an organization based in Houston. In New York, Allison was previously the Vice Chair of PR and Marketing for the Non-Profit Boards Clearinghouse Committee of the Junior League, which plans and executes the “Leadership Through Governance” training course for non-profit board members across the city.  She was also a Mentor in the New York Public School Mentorship Program.

Allison received a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  While at HBS, she was on the leadership team behind the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference.  Her Bachelors degree is in Sociology/Anthropology from St. Olaf College, where she graduated magna cum laude with Distinction in her major and was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She has spent significant time abroad, studying in Tanzania, Costa Rica, England, and China.

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Education:

  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • St. Olaf College, BA, Sociology/Anthropology, magna cum laudePhi Beta Kappa, Distinction in Sociology/Anthropology

rachel light, principal

Rachel is a Principal in Wellspring’s New Haven office. She brings experience in strategy consulting, business planning, growth strategy, market research and performance measurement. Her practice is devoted to helping nonprofit organizations confront major strategic questions. She has worked with health care, social services, religious action, child welfare, and other organizations on issues such as expansion, mission fulfillment, program alignment, and organizational sustainability. 

Previously, Rachel worked in her own consulting business to conceptualize and develop a birth center at Yale New Haven Hospital. She has also taught middle school science in New York. Rachel is a past Board Member of the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven and past chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for Ezra Academy. Rachel currently coaches junior varsity and varsity basketball for boys in 5th through 8th grade.  

Rachel received an MD from the Yale School of Medicine, where she graduated with Honors and received the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation. She graduated with a BA in Biology from Swarthmore College, where she received High Honors and membership in Sigma Xi National Honor Society. 

 

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Education:

  • Yale School of Medicine, MD, Honors, Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
  • Swarthmore College, BA, Biology, High Honors, Sigma Xi National Honors Society

Eunice Lim, Principal

Eunice is a Principal with Wellspring and oversees our presence in the West Coast, working out of Los Angeles. She brings a range of skills in strategy consulting, program design and implementation, people management, market research, and business planning. She has worked with clients in education, international development, health, youth development, performing arts, and other fields.

Previously, Eunice worked in portfolio management and operations at Fenix International in Uganda, helping bring affordable solar power to the rural poor. Leading the portfolio management department, Eunice overhauled the function for monitoring and boosting loan performance among an unbanked customer base. Prior to that, Eunice also worked with various domestic and international nonprofits as well as government agencies. Eunice received her MPP with a focus on political and economic development from the Harvard Kennedy School and her BA in economics and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Education:

  • Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, MPP
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA, Economics and Psychology, magna cum laude

henry rounds, principal

Henry is a Principal in Wellspring’s New York office. He brings experience in data analytics, market analysis, product strategy, and program management.

Previously, Henry worked as a Consultant at UMT Consulting in New York, where he guided strategic decisions for program management operations through data analytics and metric development. Prior to that, Henry worked with Massachusetts General Hospital to help guide the launch and strategic positioning of a new product and startup.

While at MIT Sloan, Henry focused his studies on social enterprise, sustainability, and startup strategy. He led a study tour on social enterprises in East Africa, collaborated with a Thai startup to guide the development of a mobile application, and helped turn around a company selling bicycle powered maize shellers in Tanzania. Henry enjoys racket sports, photography, and motorcycling. 

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Education:

  • MIT Sloan School of Management, MBA
  • Princeton University, BA, Quantitative & Computational Neuroscience and Psychology

malini sridharan, principal

Malini is a Principal in Wellspring’s New York office. She brings experience in data analysis, fundraising and program implementation.

Previously, Malini taught middle school science at PS 140 Nathan Straus School in New York City and lectured in science education at The City University of New York. Prior to teaching, Malini conducted research in plant genomics and development at the University of Michigan. Malini is a bassoonist in the Brooklyn Wind Symphony.

Malini received an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was Co-Managing Director of the MIT Clean Energy Prize, an entrepreneurship competition with over $350K in prizes. Malini also received an MA in Education from The City College of New York, an MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan. She graduated with a BA in Plant Biology from the University of Michigan, with honors.

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Education:

  • MIT Sloan School of Management, MBA
  • The City College of New York, M.A., Science Education
  • University of Michigan, M.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • University of Michigan, B.S., Plant Biology, honors

Lianne Fisman, senior Consultant

Lianne is a Senior Consultant in Wellspring’s Boston office. She brings experience in qualitative research and analysis, program strategy, and evaluation design. Previously, Lianne was an Associate at Abt Associates, where she spearheaded program evaluations, directed research teams in longitudinal case-study analysis, and oversaw the quality maintenance of major qualitative studies. Prior to that, Lianne was a Lecturer in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning and developed an environmental education curriculum through the Yale-New Haven Urban Resources Initiative.

Lianne currently serves as co-president of the Board of Directors of The Friends of Baldwin, a nonprofit organization that supports the Maria Baldwin Public School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Lianne enjoys all forms of outdoor activity, including running, biking, skiing and canoe trips with her family.

Lianne received her Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She graduated with a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Science from McGill University in Montreal. 

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Education:

  • MIT, PhD, Urban Studies and Planning
  • Yale School of Forestry &Environmental Studies, MS, Environmental Science
  • McGill University, BS, Geography and Environmental Science

Zana Davey, Consultant

Zana Davey is a Consultant in Wellspring’s Boston office. She brings experience in strategic planning, market research, fundraising strategies, and organizational development. She has particular experience working with nonprofits and foundations in the healthcare and social service spaces.

Previously, Zana interned with the Humana Foundation, working directly with the Executive Director on grant-making strategy, as well as forging and developing partnerships with over twenty organizations to advance the Foundation’s goals. Additionally, she interned for Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado where she conducted market and internal research to inform the organization’s board retreat and strategic goal setting. 

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Education:

  • Yale University, Dual BAs in Political Science and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, magna cum laude
  • Yale School of Management, Silver Scholars Program (MBA in Progress)

brittany kelleher, senior Consultant

Brittany is a Senior Consultant at Wellspring and oversees our presence in Chicago and the Midwest, working out of St. Louis. She brings experience in qualitative research, growth strategy, and program design and implementation.

Previously, Brittany developed the cultural competency wing of the Boston-based nonprofit, The Dudley Promise Corps. She was also a Teach For America corps member in St. Louis, where she taught high school English and spearheaded a free ACT program for urban youth. Her writing on gender issues has been published to national acclaim, and her research on black identity earned her the Ruth J. Simmons Thesis Prize.

Brittany received a BA in History and African American Studies from Princeton University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

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Education:

  • Princeton University, BA, U.S. History and African American Studies, Magna Cum Laude

MARK HAIDAR, ASSOCIATE

Mark Haidar is an Associate in Wellspring’s New York office. He brings experience in strategic management, program evaluation and data analysis.

Previously, Mark interned for Google, where he led a project to revamp the compensation model used globally to determine new hire pay. Prior to Google, he interned for the Obama White House, serving on the Domestic Policy Council and reporting to the director of urban affairs. He also interned at the Chicago Housing Authority and participated in the Summer Venture in Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Mark received a BA in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, where he was selected as a Presidential Fellow and graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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Education:

  • University of Michigan, BA, Public Policy

emily sandberg, director of administration

Emily is Wellspring's Director of Administration and is based in the New Haven office. Emily manages human resources, legal, insurance, scheduling, coordinating company events, working with our Office Leads on office logistics and support.

Previously, Emily was the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, where she oversaw Federation and JCC functions, the community relations council, the preschool and summer camp. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Dean and Director of the Public Service Center at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she oversaw community service initiatives for undergraduate and graduate students at MIT. Before that, Emily was the Manager of Annual Fund student programs at MIT, where she worked with students on fundraising initiatives and engagement in reunion activities.

Emily is involved in the local Jewish community in New Haven. She enjoys reading, walking, traveling, and spending time with her children. 

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Education:

  • New York University, M.Ed., Award for Outstanding Community Service
  • Simmons, B.A., Human Services, Award for Outstanding Community Service