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Senior Transportation Connection Executive Announces Retirement Date
Janice Dzigiel, Executive Director of Senior Transportation Connection (STC), announced during the STC Board of Directors meeting today that she will leave the organization at the end of 2021.
"It has been a great privilege to work in this organization to meet the mobility needs of older adults in our community," Dzigiel said. "We have built important partnerships over the years, and have grown to serve the entire county. I feel tremendously fulfilled by my experience here, however it's time for me to take the next step in my career."
Julie Rittenhouse, Chair of STC's board, said "Janice Dzigiel is a rich mix of the core reason that STC exists and business acumen. One of her many strengths is her ability to assess and adapt to both opportunities and challenges. We are a better organization because of Janice's strong leadership and steadfast commitment to STC's mission and our senior riders."
Founding board member and president of The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, Mitchell Balk, noted "We were armed with a plan, but it was Janice Dzigiel who had the vision and the skills to implement our model that today has 65 vehicles on the road every weekday and serves older adults who often have limited access to transportation. We owe our success in large part to Janice's hard work and dedication."
Since 2005, Senior Transportation Connection (STC) has provided comprehensive, coordinated, efficient and affordable transportation to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Cuyahoga County. STC passengers have mobility challenges due to age, lack of access, disability, frailty or inability to drive, primarily for medical appointments and senior center programs. 29 communities and organizations contract with STC to serve about 5,000 seniors annually.
Dzigiel joined STC as its first permanent executive director in 2006. She previously held various roles in the field of aging, including direct service, workforce development, and program management. She holds a BS in gerontology from Kent State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Cleveland State University. Her community involvement has included past board membership for WRAAA and the Council on Older Persons, a committee of the Center for Community Solutions. Dzigiel stated that she is leaving, in part, to care for her nonagenarian mother.
Rittenhouse said the board would conduct an executive search for a new executive director.