Christine Sanchirico is the new executive director of Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga, the agency’s board of directors has announced. Her appointment takes effect Nov. 28.
Sanchirico has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s from Ithaca College. She began her career at Cornell, working primarily in the areas of agronomy and horticulture. She was then interim executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Tompkins County (now Tompkins Learning Partners); executive administrator of the Women’s Community Building; and most recently executive director of the Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance. She is a graduate of Leadership Tompkins and has served on several local boards.
“Catholic Charities reaches out to those in our community who have no other place to turn for help,” Sanchirico said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working for an organization with such a compelling mission.”
“Christine brings a splendid blend of vision, experience and faith to the Catholic Charities organization. We are excited that she has joined our team,” added Anthony Barbaro, associate diocesan director of Catholic Charities.
Karl Pillemer, president of the local Catholic Charities board, said Sanchirico is an ideal person to build on the work of the office’s previous director, George Ferrari.
Ferrari left his directorship of the Tompkins/Tioga office in August 2005 to head the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. Mary Pat Dolan has served as interim office director since Ferrari’s departure.
Catholic Charities has served Tompkins and Tioga counties since 1997, providing a range of social-service programs.
In another Catholic Charities development, Elizabeth Axelrod recently resigned as coordinator of the Samaritan Center in Elmira. She had been in that position since April 2005. Barbaro said that Bridget Steed, executive director for Catholic Charities’ Chemung and Schuyler County division, is overseeing the Samaritan Center until a replacement for Axelrod can be hired.
The center, located at 380 S. Main St., is an emergency-services program offering food, clothing and prescription-drug assistance.