O'Rourke & Associates

Leaders in Executive Recruiting and Consulting for over three decades
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I was extremely pleased with O’Rourke & Associates’ meticulous process in aiding Orion’s search for two new executives. They took the time to understand our culture and strategic goals to better identify qualified candidates. Collaborating with them made the process seamless. I would recommend their services to any credit union and I plan to use them with future recruitment needs.

Jason Lee, Former EVP / CFO
Orion Federal Credit Union

Exclusive Focus

Our exclusive focus on financial services provides us with the depth of knowledge and experience necessary to help our clients maneuver through a continuously evolving marketplace.

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Primary Practice Areas

Compensation and Retention Analysis

The leadership challenge of the future will be retaining your key talent and developing compensation strategies that link core organizational strategies with employee compensation. We take a consultative approach to understanding your current compensation philosophy. Our team will benchmark your organization’s compensation structure against comprehensive survey data to determine competitiveness and relevance against the evolving retail financial service marketplace. We provide recommendations and strategies to ensure ongoing recruitment and retention success for your organization. Learn More

CEO and Executive Recruitment

With a strategic understanding of financial institutions and financial services, we develop a comprehensive assessment of your organization to determine a specific recruitment plan. Once completed, a customized search is conducted to select the best candidates for your organization. You retain an O’Rourke & Associates team that becomes your business partner in assessing and recruiting top talent. Learn More

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Our Management Team

JILL NOWACKI

JILL NOWACKI

PRESIDENT/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she is using her experience and passion to lead Humanidei, a human capital strategies firm committed to making credit unions the workplaces and volunteer causes of choice for today’s workforce.

Nowacki has practical experience in politics and communication; human resources and strategic planning; community development and marketing. With each role, her purpose remained the same: Help credit unions realize their full potential to expand the economic capacity of members and communities.

Jill has deeply engaged with credit unions across the country, working with Boards of Directors and executive teams to foster growth. They need products, services, and technology to meet member needs, but the true differentiator is in credit unions that leverage the value of human capital to make their systems work best.

Today, Jill helps credit unions increase relevance and win the war for talent at all levels, from front-line staffing through the Board of Directors. By strategically addressing the value of human capital, credit unions can create environments where people bring their best, authentic selves to work; resulting in diversity in thought, increased innovation, stronger succession planning, and ultimately: Relevant, growing credit unions that expand the economic capacity of the members and communities they serve.

Jill holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana and a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Public Relations from Carroll College (Helena, Montana). She is a certified International Credit Union Development Educator and a Certified Association Executive.

LISA BURROUGHS

LISA BURROUGHS

DIRECTOR OF EXECUTIVE SEARCH AND STRATEGY

Lisa is the Director of Executive Search and Strategy and is responsible for executing and managing all aspects of the executive search process. In addition, Lisa works closely with O’Rourke and Associates’ executive team to formulate the strategic direction of the firm.

With over 30 years of credit union industry experience Lisa has a strong depth and breadth of knowledge in all areas of credit union operations. She began her career as a marketing consultant for over 60 credit unions in the Midwest and then started her tenure in natural person credit unions as Vice President of marketing for State Employees Credit Union in Lansing Michigan (now known as LakeTrust Credit Union). Lisa served as Chief Executive Officer for Parkside Credit Union in Livonia Michigan and Chief Operations Officer for Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union in Clinton Township Michigan. Immediately prior to joining the O’Rourke and Associates’ team she was the Chief Operations Officer for the service corporation of one of the country’s premier Credit Union Leagues.

Lisa holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Central Michigan University. Lisa has earned many credit union designations from CUES and CUNA and most recently completed the designation of Chief Innovations Officer by attending the Strategic Innovation Institute at MIT and Stanford. In addition to these credit union specific designations Lisa has earned the SPHR designation and the SHRM-SCP the two premier designations of Human Resource professionals.

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