Union Aid Society announces leadership transition

Thursday, July 18, 2019 | 4:34 PM


Carla Nash has been appointed interim executive director of the Sewickley-based nonprofit Union Aid Society by its board of directors. She replaces Sherri Leifman, who served as executive director since 2004. Nash, former senior program leadership advisor in the federal market, began serving in the role on July 15.

“In choosing an interim executive director, the executive committee started by identifying immediate priorities for the coming months and we want to ensure that the regular and ongoing services we provide to the community will continue uninterrupted,” said Board President Erin Cosgrove in a news release. “We agreed that Carla is the right person to help lead the organization while it addresses these and other important issues.”

Nash said that she is thrilled to support the Union Aid Society in providing a vital service to the community.

“Though I’m not a native of Sewickley, the community and its citizens have had a special place in my heart since my husband introduced them to me 30 years ago,” she said. “It is my honor to serve in this capacity.”

Nash has more than 25 years of professional experience in management consulting and project management, in addition to being an executive coach, skills that make her well-suited to guide us through this transition. She resides in Sewickley Borough with her husband, Stratton. While Nash was recently elected to the board of directors, she will take a leave of absence from the board while she steps into the interim director position.

Union Aid’s board is comprised of 15 volunteers who live or work in the Sewickley Valley. The board recently adopted a new, comprehensive strategic plan.

“We are looking forward to this next chapter in our rich history and we’re eager to find the next leader to help us reach more people and strengthen our impact,” Cosgrove said. “We’re thankful for Sherri’s 15 years of service to Union Aid and we wish her all the best. ”

The board is currently planning and will soon implement the search for a permanent executive director. More information about the process and future developments will be made available at www.unionaidsociety.net.