Helping People Succeed Introduces New Board Members at Ribbon Cutting
Bliss Browne, the founder and president of Imagine Chicago, will serve as Helping People Succeed’s Board Chair on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County. In this new position, she is prioritizing community engagement, fundraising, and strategic collaborations. Helping People Succeed will launch its first capital campaign this year.
One of the first projects to be coordinated since Browne became Chair was moving Helping People Succeed to a new permanent location, in Jensen Beach off Savannah Road. The expanded site offers larger space for programs and public events. It will transform into an exhibit space for this year’s Pinot & Picasso fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, November 18.
As a kick off for the opening of Helping People Succeed’s new facility, officials from five local Chambers of Commerce, and many guests were on hand for a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, introducing “Our New Home” at 1601 Braille Place in Jensen Beach.
Browne, who presided at the event, spoke of the importance of public / private partnerships to sustain critical support work for vulnerable populations: “I am inspired by the chance for us as a whole community to build a truly permanent home base where we can sustain the vital work of building productive lives through training, employment and community connections.“
Serving on the Board with Browne are Vice Chairperson Barbara Essenwine, Secretary Melody Floyd and Treasurer Kevin Burn. Board members include Lee Borellis, Bonney Johnson, Cher Fisher, Joan Jefferson, Charles Gerardi, Claire Nash, Phyllis Gillespie, Susan King, Kelly Quinn and Honorary Board member Carolyn Timmann. The Foundation Board will consist of Chairperson Beth Prinz Lowy, Vice President Bonney Johnson and Secretary Mary Kay Buckridge and board member Claire Nash, Ph.D. CPA.
"We're thrilled to have this new opportunity for our organization," said Suzy Hutcheson, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed. "In business more than 53 years and currently serving five departments - Baby Steps, Healthy Families, Behavioral Services, Employment Options and Community Connections, we are pleased to have the opportunity to improve and expand opportunities for the many populations we serve.”
Browne moved to Hobe Sound in 2011 and lives in Loblolly Bay. She is an active volunteer with multiple local organizations. Her primary focus is now on Helping People Succeed and its inspiring programs for strengthening families and supporting children and adults with behavioral and developmental challenges. “What matters most to me,” says Browne, “is building economies where nothing and no one is wasted. Helping People Succeed does that every day.”
Browne has extensive business and civic leadership experience, as a former banker and Division Head of the First National Bank of Chicago, as Chairman of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and as a director of many other community organizations. Her pioneering work at Imagine Chicago has focused on cultivating hope and civic engagement and strengthening community connections. It has inspired a global movement of social innovation. Browne is also an ordained Episcopal priest and mother of three.