Three Massachusetts Nonprofit Leaders Decide to Move On

November 3, 2017 — Leaders at three Massachusetts nonprofits, whose tenure in the job ranged from two to eight years, recently announced their intention to retire, prompting searches for replacements.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Mass. CEO Leaves after Three Years

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEMA), based in a Boston, which serves girls throughout eastern Massachusetts, announced that its chief executive officer, Patricia Parcellin, is retiring from the organization after three years. She informed the board of her decision in August.

Parcellin will remain actively involved in day-to-day operations while the search committee conducts a nationwide search for her successor.

“We thank Pat for her energy, ideas, and commitment to our council. Like a true Girl Scout, she is leaving things better than she found them,” said GSEMA Board Chair Tricia Tilford. “These are not easy shoes to fill, but we look forward to welcoming new leadership, as we remain focused on bringing our 105 years of experience to preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership.”

Before joining GSEMA, Parcellin was a senior executive at State Street Corporation for more than 20 years.

During her tenure, Parcellin led GSEMA through its transition to new operational technologies, as part of a national initiative by Girl Scouts of the USA, including adapting custom software designed to streamline the registration process, simplifying meeting planning for troop volunteers, and allowing councils to share best practices. Parcellin also oversaw a cookie price increase aimed at enabling troops the opportunity to earn higher proceeds through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

WE CAN Executive Director to Retire after Eight Years

WE CAN , based in Harwich Port, which provides programs and services for Cape Cod women undergoing challenging life transitions, announced that Executive Director Andi Genser will step down next June after eight years in the job.

The organization has initiated a search for a replacement who will drive sustainable growth and continued innovation.

WE CAN board president Pam Kukla said, “Over the past nearly eight years, Andi Genser has done so much to lead and shape WE CAN into the strong and special organization it is today. The year that Andi arrived at WE CAN, the organization had about 20 volunteers, 2 part-time staff, and served about 500 women, primarily with mentoring and 1-1 legal services. In 2016, we handled over 13,500 calls and walk-ins and served over 2600 women in our programs."

The organization now serves women from across the Cape, including women whose first language is not English, and provides a range of work support and personal development consultations and workshops.

Genser said, “My time at WE CAN has truly been the highlight of my career. I have never experienced such deeply meaningful work, with an outstanding staff, a board that continues to show its appreciation and support, a cadre of terrific and dedicated volunteers and a generous community that believes in our work."

MRFRS Executive Director Steps Down after Two Years

The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS), in Salisbury, a volunteer-driven organization committed to ensuring the health and welfare of feral and domestic cats and kittens, announced that Liz Pease, its executive director for the last two years will step down on Nov. 3.

Pease, who has been affiliated with MRFRS for 10 years, will continue supporting the nonprofit on a part-time basis to assist with continuity and transition of her responsibilities.

The organization said it has engaged a search firm to find a new executive director.

Board President Adrienne Linnell said Pease has been "a critical part of some of our most successful initiatives on behalf of cats and the people who care about them...She has also been a mentor and role model to our staff members, and a shining ambassador for our organization."

Pease served as the organization's first Feral Program coordinator and then as director of operations before becoming executive director.