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Providence Ministries for the Needy names new executive director

Providence Ministries for the Needy’s (PMN) Board of Trustees recently named Shannon Rudder as Executive Director. First appointed interim director in May, Rudder previously served as executive director for MotherWoman, Inc., in Hadley, for four years. Prior, she was ten-year Associate Director of Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc., in Buffalo, N.Y.



BusinessWest included Rudder in its 2016 “40 Under 40” issue of business and civic leaders in Western Mass. She currently serves on Springfield Technical Community College’s Foundation Board, and is active in Mama’s Voice, a community-based research project with Holyoke Community College. She serves on United Way of Pioneer Valley’s Grant Review Committee and Women’s Leadership Council, and as an instructor for Bay Path University and Cambridge College.

Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer at Springfield College, Smith College, and at UMass School of Regional Planning.

At PMN, she plans to work with area shelter and housing providers “to create a community self-sufficiency plan in which PMN will serve as a bridge for those coming out of shelters to enter one of PMN’s transitional homes.”

Commenting on Rudder’s appointment Jean Zaleski, PMN Board Chair, said, “Shannon’s leadership, contagious enthusiasm, solid business acumen, strong operational skills, team building focus and dedication to building strong community relationships will advance our mission into the bright future ahead.”

James Wall, chair of PMN’s Personnel Committee, added, “We are thrilled to have Shannon as our new executive director. She brings a great breadth and depth of experience that will help take Providence Ministries to the next level.”

PazmanyRudder says, “This work is at its best when many hands come to the table to work together.” Two of those hands, she noted, belong to Claudia Pazmany, PMN’s director of development and marketing. A community leader with a demonstrated 16-plus year history of professional fund-raising, Pazmany previously served on the executive team and as development director for the Women’s Fund of Western Mass., Easthampton, and is on the Board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Inc.

Pazmany shared that she and Rudder were business acquaintances prior to her joining PMN this July and believes they already share “a synergy” that will help them advance PMN’s mission to feed, clothe, and shelter those in need.


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