ELA Announces New Director of Operations

Effective Leadership Academy Announces New Director of Operations

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH AUGUST 14, 2019 – Effective Leadership Academy (ELA) is pleased to announce an addition to the non-profit’s executive team with the appointment of Heather Lee as the new Director of Operations.

“We are very excited to bring Heather on board. She brings a great strategic vision to the table that will help propel ELA’s mission and goals in years to come,” said Flo Brett, founder and executive director of ELA. “We are so grateful to continue to have our outgoing Director of Operations Sue Zawacki with us through the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition for Heather into her new role.”

Zawacki, who has been with the organization since August 2015, played a critical role in sustaining relationships with ELA’s school and community partners, as well as bringing a different leadership style to the executive team with her athletic administration and coaching background. She will retire from ELA effective December 31, 2019.

“Sue has been an instrumental asset to our organization and I am happy to call her a dear friend. She will be missed and we wish her all the best with her much deserved retirement. We know she won’t be a stranger,” said Brett.

Lee’s new role as Director of Operations has a significant impact on mission performance, financial success, internal team collaboration and day-to-day operations. Lee will provide essential to the organization’s staff management and leadership, human resource administration, logistics, case management and office supervision. She will work closely with the senior management team and the ELA Board of Directors to develop strategies that effectively and efficiently move ELA’s mission forward.

Previously, Lee lead the School and Family Learning Department for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, developing and implementing dynamic museum programs for schools across northeast Ohio. During her time with the museum, Lee was able to restructure her team for growth opportunities and was able to reach over 80,000 students annually through programming. Lee also established an educator advisory council board consisting of 30 members with diverse backgrounds coming together to understand the needs and challenges of the different populations served by the Museum. Lee was also a science teacher for local school districts Avon Lake City Schools and Elyria City Schools, as well as for the Culver City Unified School District in California.

Lee has a passion for informal education and continues to follow her philosophy of being a lifelong learner. She is excited to be in another role where she can use her skills to continue to work on collaborative community projects that reach underserved populations and empower students to become more engaged.

“I am thrilled to have found ELA where I can bridge my experiences as a leader in non-profit education with my zeal for building and supporting teams to create enriching support services for our communities,” Lee said. “As a former classroom teacher, working with diverse groups, I understand some of the barriers that prevent participation and I will strive to provide pertinent opportunities to engage schools, teachers, students and families.”

ELA is a youth leadership and personal growth organization that helps young people turn potential into performance by developing their most valuable assets – themselves. ELA is the “missing ingredient” in the educational environment. ELA promotes positive leadership by teaching students to think outside the box, have an open mind, and embrace change. ELA will also work with students on professional skills, such as making a good first impression, communicating effectively, learning how to network, along with other essential 21st Century leadership skills. effectivela.org

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