New Hope Center for Grief Support Announces New Executive Director
New Hope Center for Grief Support announced the appointment of Rick Guttersohn as executive director. This will take effect on May 8, 2017 upon his completion of his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.
“Rick’s experience working for New Hope in former roles as fund development director and program director, as well as acquiring his MSW, gives him a unique perspective and suitability for leading and implementing the organization’s vision for the future,” said Nick Hopwood, New Hope board chairman. “His passion for grief support is a gift to the community.”
Guttersohn will succeed Chip DeClue, who has served as New Hope’s interim executive director over the past several months. DeClue will continue to serve in his position in a limited capacity to provide oversight through the transition while Guttersohn will continue in his role as program director. The entire New Hope community is eternally grateful for DeClue’s leadership during this transition; his presence has been a true blessing.
“I am excited to step into this new role with New Hope,” said Guttersohn. “It gives me great joy to help hurting people and empower volunteers to utilize their gifts and life experiences to serve others. It’s truly a privilege.”
When Cathy Clough and John and Betty Baird founded New Hope 16 years ago, their vision was to create a warm and welcoming Christian-based bereavement outreach center. Today, New Hope continues to serve as a beacon of light to surrounding communities, visible to all who are hurting after the loss of a loved one. The organization believes Guttersohn will play an integral role in leading us in this effort.