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Heart, Love & Soul announces Mark Baetzhold as next executive director


Tue, Sep 1st 2020 03:15 pm

After 11 years of faithful stewardship, Sr. Beth Brosmer to retire from Heart & Soul

In its 38th year of service to the community, Heart, Love & Soul has announced Mark Baetzhold will lead the organization as executive director beginning Oct. 1.

Baetzhold brings 20 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors. He started his career as a Jesuit volunteer at a Catholic Charities homeless shelter in Spokane, Washington, in 2000 and served as a Peace Corps response volunteer in Malawi from 2014-2015. Since 2018, he has served as Heart & Soul’s development director, helping guide the organization through a capital campaign and raising over $1.1 million in grant funding. Baetzhold is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo and holds a Master of Public Administration.

Since 1982, Heart, Love & Soul has provided services to the community and is poised to expand through the Daybreak program, a one-stop center opening later in 2020 that will bring more than 30 partner agencies to one location and provide a single point of access for people in need of services.

“I am excited to step into this new leadership role as Heart & Soul moves toward the future with Daybreak opening later this year, and humbled to be carrying on the legacy of Sister Beth Brosmer and all those at Heart & Soul who have worked so hard to serve the community,” Baetzhold said.

His goal for the agency is to nourish the community, and to continue positioning Heart & Soul through Daybreak to respond more fully to community needs.

After 11 years of service, Brosmer will step down from the executive director role on Sept. 30.

“I have cherished every moment of the past 11 years and feel deeply privileged to have served at Heart & Soul,” she said. “In every job, there is a time to change. Now is my time. I leave Heart & Soul with a heart overflowing with gratitude.”

Widely recognized for her leadership in the Niagara Falls community for social justice and service to people in need, Brosmer leaves Heart & Soul in a strong position to carry its mission forward in the future.

“After faithfully shepherding Heart & Soul for more than a decade, Sister Beth’s departure leaves a big hole in our hearts,” said board President Whitney Vantine, Ed.D. “But, at the same time, we are excited for the future that Mark’s leadership will bring.”

For additional information, call 716-282-5687 or email [email protected].

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