STAMFORD — Americares’ new chief embraces the nonprofit’s longstanding function as a frontline responder to pure disasters world wide. However she says its work extends even additional.
Now chief growth officer and govt vp, Christine Squires is set to take over next month because the Stamford-based group’s president and chief govt officer. In her new function, she has pinpointed the continuing growth of Americares’ group well being packages as a key goal.
“The imaginative and prescient of the group is well being first. Our mission is that well being is the gateway and pathway to all good issues,” Squires stated in an interview at Americares’ headquarters at 88 Hamilton Ave. “It’s rooted in that, and that basically excites me.”
Squires, a resident of Greenwich’s Previous Greenwich neighborhood, will formally begin as chief govt on March 14. She’s going to succeed Michael Nyenhuis, who’s leaving to turn into president and CEO of UNICEF USA.
The CEO oversees all Americares operations worldwide, together with a employees of greater than 500 in the US and different nations corresponding to Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Liberia, Malawi, the Philippines and Tanzania.
“Christine is an actual professional. She has been a frontrunner in organizations supporting world causes for years, has an actual coronary heart for the individuals we serve and is aware of easy methods to make organizations efficient,” Nyenhuis stated. “She definitely has helped to try this right here at Americares. Christine is well-prepared to guide Americares to even better affect in our group, nation and the world.”
Because the chief growth officer, Squires has contributed to the expansion in Americares’ annual money revenues, which rose from practically $39 million in 2014 to about $60 million in 2019. These totals included money contributions, grants, securities and different revenues.
“That’s due to the nice relationships now we have with particular person donors, foundations and company companions and due to the nice group right here and work that we do,” Squires stated. “We’re actually lucky to have a really longstanding and constant donor base, however we’ve actually made efforts to increase our constituencies. We’ve received the tri-state space, which is basically necessary, however we’re additionally ensuring we’re reaching out in different components of the US.”
Earlier than becoming a member of Americares in 2016, Squires served as chief working officer for Physicians for Human Rights. She additionally served as managing director of growth and outreach for Human Rights Watch and spent 10 years as vp of promoting at UNICEF USA.
Working domestically and internationally
Since its founding 40 years in the past, Americares has delivered greater than $18 billion in assist to 164 nations, together with the US.
Amongst crises lately, it responded to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa from 2014 to 2016; the Nepal earthquake in 2015; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017; the continuing financial and political turmoil in Venezuela; Hurricane Dorian within the Bahamas in 2019; and last month’s earthquakes in Puerto Rico.
“What’s heartening is extra of most of the people is knowing that when a catastrophe strikes, it’s received long-term penalties,” Squires stated. “They’re supporting us in having the ability to keep and assist recuperate and rebuild.”
Its longer-term initiatives embody greater than 100 professionals who’re offering major care and psychological well being companies in Colombia to households who’ve fled Venezuela.
On the similar time, Americares has deployed 11 mental-health specialists to deal with survivors of the Puerto Rico earthquakes, a contingent of 14 within the Bahamas to help survivors of Hurricane Dorian and 5 reduction staff to answer a dengue fever outbreak within the Marshall Islands.
In Connecticut, Americares operates 4 Free Clinics — in Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford — that serve low-income space residents with out medical health insurance.
Americares additionally runs a household clinic in japanese El Salvador and cellular well being facilities in Mumbai, India.
In Liberia, the group is coaching well being staff in maternal care, to encourage extra girls to present start in well being amenities.
“Strengthening our world well being programming, each within the U.S. and internationally, is basically the place I wish to preserve going and push us even additional,” Squires stated. “It’s the standard of our programming that’s actually necessary.”
On the similar time, the group stays dedicated to its Stamford headquarters. About 125 of its roughly 500 workers are primarily based in Stamford. Along with the primary places of work, the campus additionally homes a distribution heart that covers about 50,000 sq. toes.
“From the fundraising perspective, it’s helpful to be primarily based right here as a result of we’re surrounded by individuals of means who help the group,” Squires stated. “And now we have individuals who work throughout the U.S., and people who’re within the area. We’re a worldwide group.”
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