The board of directors, staff and volunteers at St Susan Center gathered with grateful community members and community leaders on Wednesday evening, October 29 to celebrate the retirement of Sue Colwell from her position as Executive Director. Her successful tenure in the position was commemorated by a proclamation from Jamestown’s Mayor Sam Teresi declaring October 29 as “Sue Colwell Day” and by New York State Assemblyman Andy Goodell who presented Sue with a New York Senate Citation for her meritorious service.
The evening also celebrated the installation of Jeffrey R Smith as the new executive director. Jeff has returned home to Chautauqua County after working out of state for many years. The Board chose Jeff for his dedication to our community and to the mission of the St. Susan Center.
Jeff has extensive background in Food Services and Hotel Management through the Marriott Corporation in New York City and Dallas, TX, as well as restaurants in Florida. He also has Marketing and Sales experience through a private sector company in Florida.
“We believe the mission of St. Susan Center is in excellent hands,” Colwell said, “and that the work of caring for the poor and needy will continue to meet the community’s needs.”
The historic mission of St Susan states: “In response to the gospel we freely offer meals, fellowship, dignity and respect to all who come through our doors”