HRRC executive director announces departure
The Home Repair Resource Center (HRRC) Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Executive Director Ben Faller, who is leaving to take a teaching position at the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Law.
Tikeesha Allen, HRRC’s program director, has been named interim director, and will be working closely with Faller, the board of directors and HRRC staff to ensure a smooth transition while the board conducts a search for a new executive director. Information on the search process is available at www.hrrc-ch.org/search.
“Ben has been an excellent leader. I’ve enjoyed working closely with him, as has the entire board,” said Marc Lefkowitz, HRRC board president. “Under Ben’s leadership, we’ve seen significant growth in our program participation—in line with expansion in our capacity to meet the needs of homeowners and more thoroughly serve them through hands-on repair classes, loans and a range of technical assistance in home ownership.”
Faller, a Greater Cleveland native and an attorney, joined HRRC in September 2014 as the organization’s third executive director, and he successfully raised the organization’s profile throughout the region. His numerous accomplishments include securing staff to manage education programming, marketing and development, and financial counseling. He led HRRC to a financial and technical assistance investment from Social Venture Partners Cleveland, which he leveraged to update HRRC’s home repair education curriculum and to implement an online course registration platform.
“I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish during my time at HRRC,” Faller said. “It’s been a true joy to work with the board, staff, and all those in the community who together make this organization such a powerful resource for homeowners in Northeast Ohio. I wouldn’t have imagined moving on from HRRC at this point, but teaching in a clinical legal program—in particular at CWRU—is something I’ve hoped to do for many years, and an opportunity that I simply couldn’t pass up. I’m so grateful to Marc and the board for giving me the opportunity to serve HRRC, and I look forward to continuing my involvement and support in other ways as the organization continues to grow and thrive under their guidance and care.”
HRRC offers a unique model for home ownership assistance that has successfully served thousands of homeowners. The nonprofit organization has expanded its reach beyond Cleveland Heights, where it formed more than 40 years ago as a program of the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, to serve homeowners throughout the region. Today, HRRC provides vital community services for residents across Cuyahoga County by helping homeowners keep their investment in a state of good repair through a comprehensive range of home improvement and homeowner education services.
Penelope Derethik is HRRC's communications and development coordinator.