HRRC Director Kathryn Lad to retire
Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC), the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit that provides tools and techniques for homeowners to maintain their homes, announced in a May 21 press release that its executive director, Kathryn Lad, will retire on June 13.
According to the release, since taking the helm of the organization in 2006, Lad has helped redefine HRRC as a respected regional resource with a healthy new base of support. Throughout this process, she remained committed to client service.
"The recent economic crisis continues to impact the homeowners of our community," Lad said. "In recent years, in response to the needs we saw among the people we served, we added special services for seniors—to help them deal with contractors, maintain their property, and maximize their chances of remaining at home even if their physical health declines. We also introduced a series of classes for new homebuyers, and services to help people threatened by foreclosure."
At the same time, Lad remained attuned to the needs of the larger community. "All our services benefit neighborhoods," she said. "The best way to ensure a healthy and diverse community is to give people the tools to care for their homes and be responsible homeowners."
Shouresh Amir-Tahmasseb, president of the HRRC Board of Directors, had high praise for Lad's leadership: "Kathryn has led HRRC's successful transition from an organization focusing on a single community to one that can serve as a national model for older, first-ring suburbs. In addition, she provided leadership for HRRC through the economic downturn and housing bubble, while strengthening the organization for its future endeavors."
The HRRC Board of Directors has initiated a search for a new director and developed a transition plan for the organization. A tribute to Lad’s service at HRRC will be part of HRRC's annual meeting on Tuesday, June 3, 7 p.m., at the Cleveland Heights Community Center. The annual meeting is open to the public.
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.