Eileen Saffran, CEO and founder of The Gathering Place, announced she plans to retire at the end of 2019 in a news release on Aug. 20. When she retires, Saffran will have led the organization for 20 years.

“It is time for me to celebrate our accomplishments as we approach our 20th year of service and move on to the next chapter of my personal and professional career,” Saffran said in the news release. “I will continue to help sustain the mission of The Gathering Place in an advisory capacity and will forever be grateful to all our donors, funders and community partners.”

In July 1998, Saffron began The Gathering Place, a mission to “complete the circle of care” for people on a cancer journey. The organization is headquartered in Beachwood and has a second location in Westlake. The organization plans “a number” of events in 2019 to celebrate its 20th anniversary and Saffran’s impact, including a gala on Oct. 12, 2019.

David Ostro, chair of the board of directors at The Gathering Place, said in the news release that the board has identified a transition team that will conduct a search for the organization’s new CEO.

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