Desir Group is a consultative firm with offices in Houston, Atlanta and Chicago, offering a highly personalized approach to executive search, culture transformation, performance management and turnarounds, with particular expertise in the healthcare arena. Our team is comprised of established professionals, many with decades of proven success under their belts.

We believe what truly sets us apart is our integrated expertise, as we deftly find the right mix of people, develop their talents and help inspire greatness within entire organizations.


Etheline Desir


In 2002, Etheline Desir founded Desir Group Executive Search as a result of her personal observations as well as input from a variety of sources which included an American College of Healthcare Executives survey revealing that minorities held less than 2% of executive positions in hospital administration …


B. Joyce Stallworth

Managing Partner

Dr. Stallworth’s expertise and network in higher education are helping to propel Desir Group’s Higher Education Practice forward


Dominic Ubamadu, FACHE

Senior Vice President

Dominic Ubamadu is a results oriented, customer service focused and operations minded healthcare consultant with over 20 years of combined healthcare management


Christine B. Capitan

Vice President for Clinical Academic Practice

Chris Capitan has devoted her entire career to excellence in the delivery of healthcare services. She worked and provided executive leadership in


Laurence J. Payne

Vice President

Larry Payne has over 30 years of experience in public service, not-for-profit, education and religious leadership


Donna Warner

Senior Associate

Donna Warner manages our Chicago office and leads our operations support and service delivery functions

Desir Group is proud to work in partnership with these exceptional organizations, dedicated to helping individuals and organizations develop powerful strategies for leadership and patient-centered performance.


American Academy of Medical Administrators
American College of Health Care Executives
American Public Health Association
American Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administrators
Asian Health Care Leaders Association
Association for Community Health Improvement
Healthcare Financial Management Association
Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses
Houston Minority Supplier Development Council
Institute for Diversity in Health Management
National Diversity Council
National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives
Society for Human Resource Management
Texas A&M, School of Rural Public Health
Governor State University – College of Health & Human Services
The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions
University of Texas, MD Anderson – Diagnostic Imaging Program
University of Michigan

“For more than a decade, I watched, both from a candidate and a client perspective, the evolution of Desir Group into a competitive and effective boutique search firm. Etheline has been deliberate in surrounding herself with a credentialed team of competent consultants committed to a personalized approach centered on the clients’ needs. From requirements development to bottom line analysis, they demonstrate an understanding of the critical factors that lead to a first-rate selection and retention process.”

Michael Ugwueke
Methodist Le Bonheur Health System