Robert L. Neher is President of Neher & Associates.
He has over 25 years of executive management and consulting experience and has conducted and managed numerous regional and national recruitments for public and private sector clients. Previous Executive Recruitment experience includes having served as Executive Vice President of Bennett Yarger Associates, Executive Vice President of Intech Summit Group, Inc., as a Vice President of Norman Roberts & Associates, Inc., and as a Managing and Regional Director with MAXIMUS. Additional experience includes having served as Executive Director, National Consulting for Joint Commission World-Wide Consulting; and Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Vista Management Services. Mr. Neher has also served as a County Human Services Agency Director and as a Deputy County Administrative Officer. His public sector clients have included numerous city, county governments, state government, utilities, education, and not-for-profit agencies and organizations, where he has recruited numerous City & County Managers, Deputy Managers, Finance Officers and other high level executives in education, healthcare, information systems, utilities, transportation, and other industries. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University and a Masters degree in Urban Studies and Public Administration from Occidental College. He was also an Economic Development Intern with the US Department of Commerce and a Fellow in Public Affairs with the prestigious CORO Foundation. He is a current and past Board member, officer, diplomate, and general member of numerous professional and community organizations including the ICMA,GFOA, and ACHE and is the recipient of many awards and honors for his teaching, business, and public service. Mr. Neher has authored articles and spoken before statewide, regional and national organizations on the subjects of operational management, managed care, integrated systems delivery, strategic planning, marketing, quality assessment and performance improvement, human resources management, diversity training, and executive recruitment and retention.
Lawrence Davenport is Executive Vice President of Neher & Associates.
He has over 25 years of top-level executive management and consulting experience in education, public and private sector business and government organizations. His experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of Bennett Yarger Associates, Executive Vice President for University Advancement/Executive Director for FAU Foundation and Chief Operating Officer for Florida Atlantic University, Chief Executive Officer for Hale House Center, Inc in New York, Deputy Administrative Officer for the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, Senior Vice President- Mid-Atlantic Region, AntinNeher Associates, CA, Vice President of Finance and Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Milton Hershey School, PA, Chief Financial Officer for Seattle Public School, WA, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and Planning at the University of California, San Francisco, Assistant Secretary for Management and Administration for the United States Department of Energy, DC, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, United States Department of Education, DC, Associate Director of ACTION, DC, Provost for the San Diego Community College District, CA, Vice President for Development, Tuskegee Institute, AL and Assistant Dean, the University of Michigan-Flint, MI. Dr. Davenport received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts Degree from Michigan State University, an additional Master of Arts from Leicester University, England, and a Doctorate of Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ. He also has completed additional training in management and finance at Stanford University, CA and Harvard University among others. He has written several articles, is co-author of the book Career and Minorities. He has served on numerous advisory councils and commissions, including Presidential appointments as Chairman of the National Advisory Council of Vocational Education and Vice Chairman of the National Council on Equality of Educational Opportunity. In addition he has served as a member of the Editorial Board for Financial Executive Institute, and a Member of the Board of Trustees for Financial Executives Research Foundation. Dr. Davenport has also received numerous honors and awards including profiles in Financial Executive Magazine, and appears in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among Black Americans, and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.
Raymond Massie is a Vice President and General Counsel with Neher & Associates.
He has over 20 years of experience in management, law and education. Previous positions include Assistant Professor of Business Law at Stockton State College in New Jersey, Director, Office of Minority Economic Impact for the U.S Department of Energy, Senior Labor Counsel and Senior Counsel for the Motorola Law Department, Illinois, Senior Counsel for Sears, Roebuck and Company, Illinois, Adjunct Professor for Copyrights at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Director of Tactical Analysis in the Office of the President at Florida Atlantic University, and Associate Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel at Saint Leo University, Florida, and General Counsel at K2 Financial, LLC in Delaware. Dr. Massie has a Jurist Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and bar memberships in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. He is also an Authorized House Counsel in Delaware and Florida.
Rahn Sibley is a Vice President with Neher & Associates, and Chief Executive of our Value Training Group.
A veteran of 30 years of sworn full time law enforcement with a full range of assignments from graveyard desk officer to Interim Chief of Police, he is known for being a strong advocate of community- oriented policing and community government, he also believes that diversity gives organizations strength. His law enforcement assignments have included: Interim Police Chief, Commander, Special Services, Commander, Administrative Bureau, Internal Affairs, Training Manager, Public Information Officer, Commander, Community Policing, Field Training Manager, S.W.A.T. Team, Gang and Narcotics Investigation Officer, Detective, and Grant Writer. He has worked in both rural and major metropolitan law enforcement agencies such as the Riverbank, Piedmont and Compton Police Departments. He has conducted numerous seminars on neighborhood organizing and COPPS throughout the United States, has been a key participant in curriculum development for courses for the California Police Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and is a certified instructor in Hate Crime Investigation and Cultural Diversity. Rahn is a past or present member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a Vice President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the California Peace Officers Association, California Association of Code Enforcement Officers (CACE), Board of Directors of the East Palo Alto YMCA, and Board Member of the East Palo Alto Team Home and the 49er Academy Alternative School.
Jesse Hall is a Senior Consultant and Business Manager with Neher & Associates.
Prior to Neher & Associates, he has worked as an Associate with Bennett Yarger Associates and as an Accounting Manager, Network Administrator, and Assistant to the Managing and Regional Director for MAXIMUS Executive Search. While at MAXIMUS and Bennett Yarger Associates, he also assisted and provided administrative and technical support to a number of high profile executive and senior level executive searches. Mr. Hall has worked on numerous executive searches in housing, real estate, information systems, public works, and many other areas in city and county government as well as other not-for-profit and public sector organizations. He also served previously as an Account Manager for Integrated Electrical Services, an Account Executive and Project Manager for MasTec Network Service, and as a Network Service Engineer for Kaiser Permanente. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Marketing from California State University, Sacramento, and special training in workflow integration, hardware and application support.
Sarah Payne is a Research Associate with Neher & Associates.
Prior to Neher & Associates, she has worked as an Intern with the Sacramento Press with a focus on research and article writing. She has also worked as a Resident Assistant and Council Treasurer at International House and in customer services and computer programming with the Women’s Faculty Club. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.