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Catholic Charities Community Services has a new executive director, one who is no stranger to the local non-profit sector.
The organization announced Thursday the appointment of Lori VanAuken as executive director effective March 18. VanAuken has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, including deputy director of Children’s Institute Inc.
Catholic Charities Community Services ranked 28th on the Rochester Business Journal’s most recent list of non-profits, with more than $9 million in expenditures for fiscal year 2011.
VanAuken, who also spent more than a decade at the Rochester Area Community Foundation, will work with board members and staff to advance the mission of Catholic Charities Community Services and oversee the organization’s operations.
The non-profit serves people who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and those living with HIV/AIDS.
“As an accomplished leader, policy advocate and fundraiser, Lori brings great talent and experience to Catholic Charities Community Services,” said Jennifer Leonard, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Throughout her career she has embraced people of all backgrounds and abilities and derives great satisfaction from seeing others succeed. A collaborative and mission-driven executive, she blends excellence and heart on behalf of the people she serves."
Paul Pickering, current Catholic Charities Community Services leader, is retiring at the end of March after 30 years with the organization.
“We are very pleased that Lori will take over as executive director upon Paul Pickering’s retirement,” Chairman Ed Starowicz said. “We feel confident she brings the talent, experience and thoughtful leadership that will ensure Catholic Charities Community Services’ ability to continue to serve the needs of the most vulnerable in our society.”
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