HRRC searches for new leader

Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) has launched a search for an executive director to advance its long-standing focus on home maintenance for healthy and diverse neighborhoods. This is only the third time in 43 years that the Cleveland Heights-based nonprofit has changed leaders.

Rob Josey, HRRC board member, and Shouresh Amir-Tahmasseb, president of the HRRC Board of Directors, are co-chairs of the search committee, formed at the organization’s June 9 board retreat, to find an effective leader who embraces HRRC’s mission and core commitments to equity, empowerment and sustainability.

Kathryn Lad retired as executive director on June 13. During her eight-year tenure, HRRC became a HUD-certified housing counseling agency, adding programs to help homeowners manage the housing crisis and to help prospective homeowners become informed consumers. HRRC initiated the use of volunteer instructors with specialized knowledge of all aspects of home maintenance, offered new programs for seniors, and expanded services beyond Cleveland Heights.

“All of our services benefit neighborhoods,” said Lad. “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.”

“We are grateful for Kathryn’s innovations, and deep commitment to our mission and our clients,” said Amir-Tahmasseb. “We understand that hiring a new director is a rare and important opportunity for us to refresh our efforts. We must do this carefully.” HRRC will hire an interim director in order to give the organization time to conduct a thorough and thoughtful search.

“We are looking for an experienced leader who will contribute to the future of Cleveland Heights and the entire region by keeping our programs relevant to the changing realities that homeowners face in our communities” said Josey.

The deadline for applications is July 15. For more information about HRRC and the executive director position, visit

Susie Kaeser

Susie Kaeser is a member of the HRRC Board of Directors.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 1:42 PM, 06.30.2014