March 26, 2019
The Children's Room Appoints Liz Cohen as Executive Director

Liz Cohen
January 8, 2018 — The Children's Room, an Arlington nonprofit that provides grief support services for children, teens, and families, last week announced Liz Cohen has been named executive director.

"We are excited to have Liz Cohen as our new Executive Director,” said Michael Nagle, board president of The Children's Room (TCR). “Liz is a collaborative leader who has shown she can bring together people with diverse perspectives to create sustainable change."

Cohen succeeds Nancy Frumer Styron, who has been serving as interim executive director since last year when Donna Smith Sharff stepped down from the post after seven years to move to Vermont to be closer to her family, according to a posting on the organization's website.

Cohen most recently served as senior development officer for Jewish Family & Children’s Services, where, among other accomplishments, she created a planned giving society.

Prior to that she was executive director for Families First Parenting Programs for four years. During her tenure, Cohen led a strategic planning process, including developing a new mission and vision statement, and grew the overall budget by 30%. She also oversaw the rebuilding the organization and recruit 10 community leaders to join the board of directors and reorganization staffing.

Earlier in her career, Cohen served as manager of training at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, project director for health initiatives at WGBH Education Foundation, and executive director of Rape Crisis Services of Greater Lowell.

Cohen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University and a Master of Public health degree from Boston University School of Public Health.

Under Scharff's leadership, TCR's revenues nearly tripped, enabling the organization to expand its programming, including the launch of a Family Night program, Parenting While Grieving series, and Teen Program.

TCR began in 1993, operating as a subset of Hospice West in Waltham, before opening as an independent, nonprofit center in 1999 with the help of eight volunteers. Since then, TCR has grown to be the leading nonprofit organization in Massachusetts supporting grieving children, teens, and families. It partners with schools throughout Greater Boston, as well as the Boys & Girls Club of Boston and the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute.

It also trains professionals in social services, education, and healthcare settings to support grieving children and families, as well as graduate and undergraduate students planning to enter the mental health counseling, expressive therapies, and social work fields.

For the year ending Sept. 30, 2017, TCR reported $1.1 million in revenue, nearly all of which came from contributions and grants, and $1.0 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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