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DSAS’ new Executive Officer brings 30 years of community work to new role

Pat Newell Photo for Bio (002)Patricia Newell has been tapped as the new Executive Officer for the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS).  Newell will be bringing more than twenty-seven years of senior leadership experience in project management, evidence-based program design and strategic planning to her new role.

“Pat is passionate about seeing our most vulnerable citizens connected to services that will enhance their quality of life, sense of self-worth and personal dignity,” said Tracey N. Mason, DSAS Administrator.  “She will work closely with our Office on Aging team to liaison with our Professional Development, Community Contracts, and Communications departments. Pat will bring a strong sense of leadership, community engagement and commitment to serving older adults and adults with disabilities.”

Newell’s experience with large Community Based Organizations includes leadership roles with the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services, the Cuyahoga County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board, University Settlement, Catholic Charities Diocese of Greater Cleveland and The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Newell knows firsthand the important role of community centers, as she served as the former Assistant Executive Director of the St. Martin De Porres Family Center.  She provided leadership and oversight of programs and services including an adult wellness program targeted for seniors, a community food pantry, Help Me Grow and other early childhood programs.

Newell holds a master’s degree in Social Work Administration and bachelor’s degree in Communication.  She is a board member of Harvest Center of Charlotte and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. 

DSAS empowers older adults and adults with disabilities to age successfully, by providing resources and support that preserve their independence. DSAS is the mandated provider of Adult Protective Services (APS) in Cuyahoga County, and provides home-based care services, benefits assistance, outreach, and senior center programming, while advocating for the needs of the County's older adults.  For information on programs and services, call 216-420-6700 or visit dsas.cuyahogacounty.us.