Bliss Browne, the founder and president of Imagine Chicago, has joined the board of Helping People Succeed and is serving on the non-profit organization’s Marketing Committee.
A mother of three, she served as a Division Head for the First National Bank of Chicago for 16 years. Her life in Chicago included numerous civic duties, from serving as Chairman of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Chicago Ethics Coalition to membership on the Community Advisory board of the Chicago Historical Society, the Illinois Governor’s Public-Private Child Care Council and the Saguaro Seminar on Civic Engagement in America, convened by Robert Putnam at the Kennedy School of Harvard University, that recognized national innovators in developing social capital.
Kevin Burn, a Private Banking Officer for Seacoast National Bank in its Main Office on Colorado Avenue, has joined the Operating Board of Helping People Succeed.
A resident of the Treasure Coast for the past six years, Burn has worked for Seacoast for two years and has been in the finance services industry for eight years. He has handled areas of insurance, investments, retirement planning and banking, both on the business and personal sides.
Thanks to the support of the Kinane Printing family and the arrival of the first grandchild in October 2013, Helping People Succeed now has the availability of an evening class for Moms and Dads and babies to enjoy its popular Music & Movement program.
A six-year board member with Helping People Succeed, Kathy Skrzypczak will be serving a second one-year term as chair of the Operating Board for the local non-profit organization based in Stuart.
“She has given our Foundation life,” said Suzy Hutcheson as she presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Glenna Parris, on the job as Helping People Succeed Foundation’s Gift Planning Officer since April 2013. In that one-year time frame, Parris has raised more than $250,000 from individuals, underwriters, corporate businesses, and foundations. These funds will support the organization’s many programs and services, including the new autism classes and counseling programs. Parris also organized the Memories and More celebration of Helping People Succeed’s 50th Anniversary, the April Showers Baby Shower seeking donations for babies and their families and Parris coordinated a campaign for friends, family, staff and many others to support Helping People Succeed in the GREAT GIVE Day, presented on May 6, 2014.
Executive Assistant Lynn Austin could be considered Suzy Hutcheson’s “right-hand woman” when it comes to day-to-day-activities, special events, correspondence and much more. Besides her administrative duties, Austin now has added the Helping People Succeed Foundation to her job listing, assisting Glenna Parris, the Gift Planning Officer. A former Helping People Succeed Board Member, Austin was recognized for her dedication to the non-profit organization and her many extra volunteer hours. Austin, left, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Hutcheson.
Serving Helping People Succeed for 17 years, Madeleine Greenwood is Vice President of Human Resources, Administration and Community Connections, with oversight on the Employment Options program. Greenwood, left, is recognized for her outstanding dedication, hard work and enthusiasm. “Everything she touches works,” said Hutcheson.
Helping People Succeed’s Behavioral Health Specialist Janet Cooper, left, is recognized for her work within her department and her dedication to volunteer work with the organization’s online / website activities and its popular holiday tours and decorations. Cooper has been with the non-profit for 13 years. Hutcheson described her as the “cement” that keeps many projects and staff together.
Lee Fleury of Behavioral Health Services, left, receives recognition from Hutcheson, who described her as “the glue that holds it all together.” She works daily with Behavioral Health programs and physicians who treat Helping People Succeed’s many participants. The non-profit started 50 years ago with one doctor day per month and now has expanded to two doctor days per week. Three local psychiatrists, who meet with participants of all ages, are Jose Marrero, M.D., Marshall Teitelbaum, M.D. and Richard Losardo, M.D.
Helping People Succeed psychiatrist Jose Marrero, M.D., center, receives recognition from Behavioral Health Services for his continuous work in dealing with children in the mental health program. From left in the photo are Ginny Jones, Jose Marrero, Pam Christofori and Suzy Hutcheson.
Helping People Succeed is the recipient of a $1,000 donation from Wells Fargo Bank through its 2014 Community Connection Program, designed to benefit non-profit organizations and schools. Helping People Succeed’s 4,500 families will receive additional programs and services, thanks to the grant.