Volunteers of America Upstate New York has named Junior Dillion as its next president and CEO, effective May 1.
He succeeds Lynn Sullivan, who retired at the end of last year.
Dillion has more than 18 years of nonprofit experience and extensive expertise developed while working across a variety of human service systems, including the British Criminal Justice System, outpatient service, settlement projects and community college settings.
Most recently, he has served as the Senior Director of Programs at the Wilson Foundation, where he has enhanced the foundation’s efforts in reducing poverty by addressing residential instability, trauma and racial inequities.
Dillion is a licensed therapist with a Ph.D. in Human Development and Education from the University of Rochester. He serves on the board of directors or Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and is vice chair for Empire Justice Center.
“Junior is an amazingly talented person,” said Diane Caselli, the organization’s board chair. “We feel very fortunate to have an individual with his expertise and experience leading the agency.”
Dillion’s selection is the result of a national search conducted during the past six months.
“I feel deeply privileged to have been chosen as the upcoming leader of Volunteers of America Upstate New York and I am thrilled to embark on this journey,” Dillion said.
He noted that the organization has a rich legacy of empowering individuals to overcome the intricate obstacles of poverty and achieve improved levels of health, stability and economic mobility.
“I am eager to carry forward this crucial and influential mission and to contribute to the growth and success of the organization,” he said.
Volunteers of America Upstate New York is a human services organization that has been serving the Rochester and Binghamton regions for more than 100 years, providing essential services to ensure that people have access to stable housing, food, health care and supportive services to overcome the complex challenges of homelessness and poverty.
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