Michele Seyranian has been named CEO of The Gathering Place, the organization announced in a news release Dec. 3. She will begin her role on Dec. 16.

“Michele is a proven and dynamic leader whose skills and personal appreciation for the mission of The Gathering Place make her uniquely qualified to be our successor CEO,” said David Ostro, board chair of The Gathering Place, in the release. “I have every confidence that her impressive professional background and long-standing connection will allow our organization to flourish, grow and remain fiscally sound in the years ahead.”

Most recently, Seyranian was chief marketing and business development officer of Hospice of the Western Reserve. Prior to that, she was an executive at Key Corp.

She was introduced to The Gathering Place in 2000, the year the organization opened to the community, and Seyranian reached out for information and support after her then 4-year-old daughter’s cancer diagnosis, according to the release. Her connection to the organization continued through the years, helping to develop a support group for parents of children with cancer; serving two terms on the board of directors and volunteering her strategic planning expertise to facilitate the most current strategic plan developed in 2018, the release said.

“I am thrilled to be offered the incredible opportunity to be the next leader of The Gathering Place,” Seyranian in the release. “Anyone who has walked through its doors understands the critical role it plays in supporting people on their cancer journey, just as it did for my family 19 years ago. Thank you to Eileen Saffran for her vision and leadership. I have big shoes to fill but am fortunate to have our compassionate and experienced staff behind me.”

Saffran, the founder and CEO, will retire at the end of the year.

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