Village Project welcomes new executive director

The board of directors of Village Project is proud to announce that Meredith LaVecchia will take over the executive director position recently vacated by the retiring Barb Harrell.

Ms. LaVecchia is a native of New Jersey and an alumna of the University of Dayton with a degree in communications. She and her husband, Patrick, are the parents of three children. They are longtime residents of Westlake, where Meredith previously held the position of vice president of fundraising for the Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters. In this position, she helped raise more than $150,000 to support the athletic program for the school district.

Meredith has a long and successful history working for non-profit organizations. Her background includes communications, public relations, marketing, event development and planning, media involvement, strategic development, volunteer/member recruitment, retention and training and community collaboration.

Most recently, she held the position of Community Membership Executive for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. Asked what she liked most about her previous positions, she replied that she loves working with volunteers and youth. It was this combination of her passion for collaborating with people of all ages, along with her qualifications, experience and personality, that convinced the search committee and board of directors that they had found the candidate with the ideal fit for Village Project’s culture.  

Outgoing executive director Barb Harrell has been working closely with Meredith to achieve a smooth transition and sings her praises. “She’s wonderful! I feel very confident that with her enthusiasm and experience she will continue to support and grow our mission.”

Meredith LaVecchia officially begins her new position on June 7.

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for Village Project. 

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 10:16 AM, 06.02.2021