Dress For Success Mercer County Welcomes New Executive Director

LAWRENCEVILLE — Dress for Success Mercer County recently announced the appointment of Lorrie Klaric as executive director. The organization helps disadvantaged women in central NJ obtain employment. Klaric has extensive non-profit and business experience with expertise in developing programs and leading teams which is vital as the organization plans to expand its reach in Mercer County and beyond.

“I was drawn to the unique mission of Dress for Success. Our programs build confidence and character, and provide a support system and encouragement that enable the women we serve to become self-sufficient and independent contributors to society,” said Klaric. “I’m passionate about the issues women face today and to be in a leadership role that helps to empower women to become economically self-sufficient and to provide for their children is both personally and professionally rewarding.”

Most recently, Klaric was corporate director at Wesley Enhanced Living, a group of non-profit retirement communities throughout Philadelphia, PA, where she developed innovative programs, launched inter-community services for seniors and introduced creative staff training initiatives.

Prior to Wesley Enhanced Living, Klaric served as vice president of member services and director of adult development at Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley, a non-profit organization serving more than 55,000 members. During her six years with them, she developed membership and marketing strategies for growth and retention and supported membership infrastructure in various ways.

For sixteen years, Klaric worked for Dunmore Corporation, a global manufacturer in Newtown, PA, gaining experience as a customer service manager and cost accountant.

Klaric earned a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Villanova University. In 2009, she received a Certificate in Executive Leadership from the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College.

She resides in Newtown, PA with her husband Ed. Their two grown daughters include Meghan, an intellectual property attorney in Kalamazoo, MI and Colleen, a second grade teacher in Bethlehem, PA.

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