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Jessica Pirro named Interim Director
BUFFALO, NY (September 7, 2014) — The Board of Directors of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service, Inc. (Crisis Services) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica C. Pirro as Interim Executive Director, effective September 3, 2014.
After moving from Syracuse to Buffalo in 1997, Ms. Pirro began at Crisis Services in 1999 and held two program management positions until she was promoted in 2006 to Associate Director. She was responsible for all clinical operations of the agency’s 4 programs that provide numerous services to those in crisis 24 hours a day.
Ms. Pirro has been involved in various community coalitions to address the response to family violence and sexual assault. She served as the secretary from 1999-2000 and Chair from 2000-2002 of the Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Erie County Coordinated Community Response to Family Violence 2005 and served on the advisory committee that developed Erie County’s Family Justice Center, 1 of 15 sites funded the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative. She was honored in 2007 with the Buffalo News Founders Award as part of the team that help open the Family Justice Center for Buffalo and Erie County.
She has served on several not for profit boards including as past President of the New York State Coalition against Sexual Assault and as past Treasurer of the Parkside Community Association.
Ms. Pirro was the recipient of the 2002 Erie County Commission on the Status of Women Organizational Partner of the Year Award and was awarded the Justice, Freedom and Courage Award to End Domestic Violence in October 2003 by New York State Governor George Pataki. In 2007, she was a nominee for the YWCA Leader Luncheon Award and in 2008 received Advocate for Change award from the It Happened to Alexa Foundation. In 2010 she received a Business First 40 under Forty award.
She is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo’s Class of 2003 and, most recently, Ms. Pirro has been accepted into the Health Leadership Fellows Program, Class of 2014 through the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.
Ms. Pirro is also a part owner of Més Que, Buffalo’s only Soccer bar and restaurant.
As Interim Executive Director, Ms. Pirro will partner with the Board of Directors to advance Crisis Services’ mission of providing a comprehensive safety net for Erie County residents in crisis.
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