April 1, 2015
I am pleased to share the exciting news with you that Suzi Schuller will be the new Executive Director of Yad Chessed, starting on April 15. Suzi brings a passion for caring for those in need and a proven track record in serving the Boston Jewish community. She is a social worker by profession, holding an MSW degree and having worked in various positions with families, youth and in the mental health area. For most of the past 20 years she has been immersed in the Boston Jewish community, first with the Anti-Defamation League and more recently as associate director of the American Jewish Committee in Boston and then at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education focusing on helping day schools grow their endowment and legacy support. She is a consummate professional who cares deeply about Yad Chessed’s mission to assist those in our community who are in financial distress. Suzi knows our Boston community well and has the experience and skill set to lead Yad Chessed as it continues to grow and to enhance our programs for the benefit of those in need.
In Suzi’s own words: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Yad Chessed. The mission is near and dear to me and I look forward to building on the strong foundation Yad Chessed has established. My door is open, please join me in ensuring that we compassionately continue to serve those in our community who are in need of support. Together we can help people in need break the cycle of poverty, while fulfilling our mitzvah of tzedakah.”
Suzi is replacing Sarah Abramson as Executive Director, who fortunately is not going very far, as she has become the Associate Vice-President for Caring and Social Justice at Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Yad Chessed will continue to work very closely with Sarah, as CJP is a key supporter of Yad Chessed and Yad Chessed will play a central role in CJP’s major initiative to address Jewish poverty. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Sarah for the amazing contribution she has made to Yad Chessed in the 2-1/2 years that she served as Executive Director. Under her dynamic, visionary leadership, Yad Chessed has grown in every significant way: number of clients served, financial assistance provided, money raised, services provided, recognition in the community, and relationships established. Prior to Sarah’s departure, the Board adopted Yad Chessed’s first strategic plan, which sets an ambitious direction for the next 3-5 years. We look forward to many years of continued partnership with Sarah.
I wish everyone a wonderful Passover. Chag kasher v’sameach.