A nonprofit in the area that trains assistance dogs has a new leader.
Michele Suchovsky began as chief executive officer this month at Wayland-based Paws With A Cause.
Suchovsky said the organization has “enhanced the independence and quality of life for thousands of people with disabilities and their families across the country.”
She spent the last five years as executive director of the Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, a strategic fundraising partner of Grand Rapids Public Schools that works to advance educational opportunities for students in the district.
She spent the prior 11 years as the executive director of Artists Creating Together, an organization that provides art programs and opportunities to children and adults with disabilities from the region, as well as northern Michigan.
Prior to her career in nonprofit management, Suchovsky was a judicial law clerk to Judge George Corsiglia in Allegan County and an associate attorney at Grand Rapids-based Straub, Seaman & Allen.
Suchovsky also spent the last 10 years in various roles with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, including as a hospital board trustee, an orthotics and prosthetics board member and on the guild of volunteers.
She was named one of this year’s 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan by the Business Journal.
She holds a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and a B.A. from the University of Michigan.