Leadership Announcement: Beth-El Center’s New Executive Director Named

Beth-El Center's Board of Directors is pleased to announce Jennifer Paradis as the new Executive Director. She will replace Toni Dolan, who will be retiring on June 1st.

Jennifer has committed her career to the non-profit sector, serving in a variety of roles for several community non-profits over the past decade with a drive to provide quality and efficient services to low-income individuals and families. Most recently, Jennifer has served as Beth-El Center's Director of Programs and Facilities since June of 2015. She has provided many valuable contributions to the organization including the updating of internal organizational systems which have maximized and increased shelter and soup kitchen program outcomes. She's also responsible for creating a staff development and training program which ensures that residents and patrons of the Center receive high quality, informed services.

"I am so incredibly proud of the work we do every day at the Beth-El Center," says Jennifer Paradis. "Toni Dolan's leadership has provided this agency with the solid foundation needed to continue our development and growth. Our commitment to our mission is unwavering and I am honored to be able to lead such a passionate and educated team."

According to Beth-El Center Board Chairman, Ed Davies, "When Jennifer joined the team at the Beth-El Center we knew that we had found a passionate and gifted program director. Under Toni Dolan's leadership her growth, commitment and ability to identify and solve problems has been apparent. It was not difficult for the search committee to see that Jennifer is the right person to step into the role of Executive Director. The Board is looking forward to working with her in our quest to end hunger and homelessness."

Jennifer has a bachelor degree in sociology and applied social relations from Eastern Connecticut State University and a master's degree in organizational leadership from Quinnipiac University with a concentration in nonprofit management.

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