IRVINE, California, September 3, 2015 – McDermott & Bull, a Southern California-based retained executive search firm, announced the successful appointment of Ms. Kathy McCarrell as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with Project Access, Inc. headquartered in the Newport Beach, California.

This executive recruiting engagement was conducted by Chris Bull, Managing Partner, and Bill Brewer, Principal Consultant at McDermott & Bull Executive Search. Mr. Bull noted, “Ms. Carrell has a passion for those that are underserved, and the Project Access mission lines up perfectly with her own personal calling. She will do great things with the organization”. According to Mr. Brewer, “We partnered closely with the Board of Directors for Project Access to help them find and select a dedicated and passionate leader who will help fuel a continued growth plan and be a leader who will bring a positive style into a lean and spirited team of people”.

Ms. McCarrell is a highly experienced non-profit executive. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Heroes and Healthy Families/Family Violence Project. Additionally, she has been providing interim executive leadership to various non-profit organizations in California and Texas. From 1994 through 2007, Ms. McCarrell served as the Executive Director of the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center. Ms. McCarrell has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Chapman University where she helped create and run the social work program. As an Adjunct Professor, she has taught introductory classes Child Welfare, Child Abuse and Child Development classes.

Ms. McCarrell earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences / Social Work from Chapman University.

About Project Access

Project Access is a 501(c)3 ( nonprofit organization that was founded in 1999. Project Access delivers resident services onsite at Family and Senior Resource Centers located in low-income housing communities. Providing services where people live allows the Project Access staff to target the specific needs within the community and eliminates traditional barriers to services. The business model of Project Access provides that most revenue is generated on a fee for service model and that fundraising (from all sources) constitutes about 25% of needed revenue. Project Access is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.
About McDermott & Bull

McDermott & Bull, Inc. ( is a retained executive search firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The firm serves both public and privately held clients in a variety of industries and functional areas. McDermott & Bull has developed expertise in fields including Aerospace & Defense, Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Products, Industrial Manufacturing, Restaurants/Retail, Entertainment, Food Manufacturing, Healthcare and Life Sciences, the Engineering & Construction / Building Industry, Professional Services, and other areas. Founded by Rod McDermott and Chris Bull, the firm specializes in recruiting difficult-to-find and critical senior level talent for its clients. McDermott & Bull has worked with a large number of prestigious clients including Aramark, In-N-Out Burger, Unified Grocers, VCA Inc., Kaiser Aluminum, Maxwell Technologies, Kraco Enterprises, Panda Restaurant Group, the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, Western Digital, Golden State Foods, Google, Ducommun, AECOM, Newport Corporation, Honda Center/Anaheim Ducks, Comerica Bank, and Union Bank.