The Rockfall Foundation of Middlesex County has appointed Claire E. Rusowicz as the foundation’s new Executive Director effective October 18.
Rusowicz has been the foundation’s Development Director for the past two-and-a-half years. She succeeds Virginia R. Rollefson, who is retiring from Rockfall after nearly 25 years of service.
Rusowicz has worked in nonprofit development, communications and program management for more than 25 years. A graduate of George Washington University, with a master’s degree in journalism from New York University, she has worked for organizations in New York, including the National Audubon Society, Catalyst Inc., and the New York Botanical Garden. In Connecticut, she has worked with Naugatuck Valley Community College, the Nonprofit Forum and the Mercy Center in Madison, Connecticut.
In 2007, Rusowicz was selected by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism to join its Peer Advisory Network (PAN), which provides short-term consulting expertise to nonprofit arts and heritage organizations throughout the state.
“Our choice reflects our hope of continuing the outstanding work of prior Executive Directors, as well as our strategic plan to expand the position to full time,” explained Jane Harris, Vice President and Chair of the Search Committee. “The work that Rockfall does in the environmental community is so important – and so necessary – we believed the time was right to seek someone with Claire’s broad background in environmental affairs and expertise in communications. We are extremely excited that the work Claire has so ably begun in publicizing our mission will be carried over seamlessly into this new position.”
“It is a tremendous privilege to be selected, particularly during this, the foundation’s 75th anniversary year,” said Rusowicz. “I look forward to building on the work of the past two years with Rockfall’s extraordinarily dedicated members and volunteers throughout the county.”
The Rockfall Foundation supports environmental education, conservation programs and planning initiatives in Middlesex County. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010, it is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations whose mission is to be a catalyst — bringing people together and supporting organizations to conserve and enhance the county’s natural environment.
Rockfall awards grants each year to organizations, schools and municipalities, and continues to hold and manage open space property in the county. It also preserves and operates the historic, 18th-Century deKoven House as a meeting center for community organizations, and to provide offices for environmental and other nonprofit groups based and working in Middlesex County.