Volunteers of America Upstate New York has selected former Holy Sepulchre Cemetery CEO Lynn Sullivan as its new president and CEO. Sullivan will begin her tenure with the nonprofit Aug. 12.
“Lynn is an amazingly talented person. We feel very fortunate to have an individual with her skills and qualifications leading the agency, and we look forward to expanding our role in the community with her direction,” VOA board Chairwoman Jackie Lee said.
Sullivan brings extensive leadership experience to the agency, including a background in finance and operations in not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. She joined Holy Sepulchre in 2014 as CFO, where she developed a comprehensive marketing plan for the organization and oversaw the restoration and renovation of some of the cemetery’s historic buildings.
Sullivan, who earned an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business, also served as CFO and executive vice president of ABVI and Goodwill of the Finger Lakes for four years, as well as in leadership roles at Paychex Inc., Harris Interactive Inc. and Eastman Kodak Co.
“I feel extremely privileged to have been selected as the next leader of Volunteers of America, and I’m very excited to get started,” Sullivan said in a statement. “The agency has a long history of helping people in Rochester and throughout Upstate New York overcome the complex challenges of poverty and achieve greater levels of health, stability and self-sufficiency. I look forward to advancing this essential and impactful work.”
VOA helps more than 4,000 people annually through various programs that include early childhood education programs; emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing and homelessness programs; and corrections/re-entry programs; among other things.