Who we are

Deerfield Associates is named to remind our clients of historic values, a strong work ethic, integrity and the academic foundation of founder Doug Cooney’s upbringing in Western Massachusetts.

Born in Northampton, he grew up a block from Smith College, spent his college years in Amherst and married a woman from Deerfield. Deerfield is a beautiful, historic town surrounded by a hard working farming community, and home to a superb academy. Hence the name Deerfield Associates made perfect sense. It still does.


Doug Cooney

Executive Search Consultant

781.237.2800 | Email

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Since 1982, Doug Cooney has been involved exclusively in the profession of recruitment, talent selection and executive search. Doug leads Deerfield Associates, which he founded in 2001, and serves as executive search consultant to top tier educational institutions. Previously, he served as executive recruiter and vice president of Shawmut Bank and Connecticut National Bank, and as director of executive search for FleetBoston Financial. Earlier in his career Doug was admissions officer for Vassar College and director of alumni relations for UMass Amherst. A native of Northampton, Massachusetts, Doug is a graduate of UMass Amherst, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in sociology.

Greg Ladd

Executive Recruiter

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Executive Recruiter Greg Ladd joined Deerfield Associates in November 2014. Prior, Greg was director of advancement for Ransom Everglades School, Miami, Florida, and in a previous role, he was director of capital programs at Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, New Jersey. At Boston University, he served as executive director of alumni relations and subsequently director of major gifts/special assistant to the vice president. A graduate of Boston University with a bachelor’s in English, he also graduated from St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island.

Susan Daniels

Executive Recruiter

413.992.2091 | Email
Executive Recruiter Susan Daniels joined Deerfield Associates in 2006. For 22 seasons, she worked with the professional summer theatre on the campus of Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts. As artistic director for the theatre for five years, Susan recruited, hired and managed the 72-member professional company. A graduate of Mount Holyoke, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in theatre arts.

Mahsa Naini

Executive Recruiter

954.748.3518
Mahsa Naini, Executive Recruiter, teamed up with Doug Cooney and Deerfield Associates in 2016. Mahsa has over 18 years of recruitment, research, sourcing, competitive intelligence and project management experience. A major player in executive search for the last 13 years, Mahsa is recognized for her expertise in Education and Life Sciences. Mahsa is a native of South Florida and attended Miami Dade College. Mahsa’s LinkedIn profile can be viewed at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahsanaini.

Joan Grzybowski

Director of Research and Market Intelligence

781.237.2800
Joan Grzybowski, director of research and market intelligence, is originally from South Deerfield, Massachusetts. She has been with Deerfield Associates since the beginning. Joan worked for UMass Amherst in human resources and labor relations. In prior roles, she served as compensation director for Bank of New England, executive compensation consultant with Bank of Boston, compensation director for Lechmere Corporation, and compensation consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation. Joan is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Professional organizations

  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • New England Association of College Admission Counseling
  • New England Executive Resources Council
  • The Planned Giving Group of Connecticut
  • The Planned Giving Group of New England
  • Women In Development, Greater Boston
  • Women In Development, New York City

"Having spent 12 years in this industry... I have dealt with many search consultants and can unequivocally say the services you and your firm provide are the most professional..."
Timothy R. Stanton, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Assumption College
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