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May 18, 2022
New Nonprofit Leaders Named; VietAID Exec. Dir. to Step Down

January 22, 2022 — Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts names Amie Shei as president and CEO. New England Public Media appoints Matt Abramovitz as president. VietAID executive director stepping down after four years. Stone House names chief development officer.

Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts Names Amie Shei as President and CEO

Amie Shei

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts in Worcester, which provides grant funding to nonprofits in Worcester County, last week announced that it named Amie Shei, who has served as vice president of programs since 2016, to be its next president and chief executive officer.

Shei will succeed Jan Yost, who is retiring in the spring after nearly 23 years of service with the foundation.

Board chair Tim Bibaud said, “The board has implemented its succession/sustainability plan with deep appreciation to Dr. Yost for her acumen in creating and fostering the foundation’s grantmaking avenues and with the confidence that Dr. Shei will enthusiastically and effectively further our impactful grantmaking in partnership with area nonprofit organizations.”

Before joining the foundation, Shei earlier served as associate and then manager of Analysis Group. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Amherst College, a Master of Science degree in health policy and management from and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in health policy, both from Harvard University.

New England Public Media Appoints Matt Abramovitz as President

Matt Abramovitz

New England Public Media (NEPM), a nonprofit based in Springfield that provides journalism, cultural content, events and initiatives, and educational services in western Massachusetts, recently announced the appointment of Matt Abramovitz as president.

Abramovitz succeeds Martin Miller, who announced his decision to retire as president of New England Public Media last year. Miller will continue to support NEPM by serving as an advisor to the organization in its ongoing fundraising and development efforts.

“Matt impressed us with his outstanding leadership qualities, his passion for public service media, and his ability to create innovative programs and partnerships that grow audiences and engage communities,” said Robert Feldman, chair of the NEPM presidential search committee. “He is committed to the mission and goals of public media and the role that it plays in creating and supporting a strong, vibrant, local community.”

Abramovitz currently is vice president of programming for New York’s WQXR, one of the nation’s leading classical music stations and part of New York Public Radio. He helped launch WQXR as a public station in 2009 and served as its program director and interim general manager.

Abramovitz is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his master’s degree from Cornell University. He has served on the board of the Public Radio Program Directors Association since 2014.

VietAID Executive Director Stepping Down after Four Years

Lisette Li

Lisette Li, executive director of Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID), a Boston nonprofit community development corporation that focuses on the Vietnamese community, last week announced she will leave the organization on Feb. 1.

Li, who joined VietAID as executive director in 2017, did not provide a reason for her decision to step down. She will stay with the organization on a part-time basis under her replacement is named.

“I am forever grateful to the incredible VietAID staff and volunteers who have held up our community particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she wrote in an email announcing her decision. “We have been able to build out a team that is dynamic and pushes forward to ensure the community has access to quality early education, affordable housing, youth leaders, a community for older adults, language access, and so much more.”

Among key accomplishments, Li cited commitments to mental health, climate resilience, and workers’ rights for nail salon workers, as well as work with Fields Corner Crossroads, an 8-organization collective seeking to transform Fields Corner, and APIsCAN, a statewide network building the political power of Asian American communities.

Founded in 1994, VietAID today provides bilingual services, particularly for the Vietnamese diaspora in Dorchester, in addition to developing affordable housing and commercial space, as well as providing small business technical assistance and micro-enterprise development.

Stone House Names Chief Development Officer

Beth Toolan

Stone House, a Roxbury nonprofit that provides care for adult and child survivors of domestic abuse, this week announced it appointed Beth Toolan as chief development officer.

For the last five years, Toolan operated her own consultancy, Beth Toolan Consulting, which provided leadership development, advocacy, human resources, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and fund development consulting services to nonprofit and human service organizations. She previously held leadership positions at Waltham Partnership for Youth, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Rape Crisis Center, and the Chewonki Foundation.

Nancy Owens Hess, CEO of Stone House, said, “Beth’s varied experience and knowledge of the non-profit sector will help raise the funds needed to provide programs and services to better serve survivors of domestic violence in our new multi-use building.”

Toolan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental education Hartwick College and a master’s degree in leadership from Northeastern University.

For the year ending June 30, 2020, Stone House, previously known as Elizabeth Stone House, reported $4.3 million in revenue, of which $4.0 million came from contributions and grants, and $2.7 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal financial information filing.

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