Mercy Center welcomes Kim Guadagno as its new Executive Director
Mercy Center’s next chapter is about to begin. Effective today, August 18, 2021, Kim Guadagno will serve as our new Executive Director. She succeeds Sister Carol Ann Henry who retired after 39 years of service to Asbury Park.
“Our search for a new Executive Director allowed us to consider a number of excellent candidates from many walks of life and, after careful consideration, we are so pleased to welcome Kim Guadagno into this critical role,” says Mary Beth Radke, Chair of Mercy Center’s Board of Trustees. “Kim is passionate about our vision and will help to ensure that Mercy Center continues to grow and serve the greater Asbury Park community for many more years to come.”
As the new Executive Director of Mercy Center, Kim “will work diligently to build on the great work of the Sisters of Mercy, and Sister Carol specifically, in order to bring a voice to our neighbors in need. In all my endeavors, I promise to support Mercy Center’s mission to empower, enrich and educate people facing socio-economic challenges to realize their full potential, with a special emphasis on women and children.”
She furthermore claims that “by addressing the needs of the entire family and providing a quality education to women at a very young age, Mercy Center truly attacks the very root of systemic poverty in our community. Moving forward, as the State still suffers from the pandemic, I will strive to ensure that those hardest hit in Asbury Park and surrounding areas are not forgotten and that they get the resources they need to build back stronger than ever before.”
Kim continues to say, “Mercy Center is so unique in that it holistically addresses the circumstances and needs of the individual through its various wrap-around services and program offerings. Additionally, through its strategic community collaborations, it can also offer access to other partner agencies that address the issues that contribute to family issues/hardships. These are just a few of the many reasons why I am so incredibly excited to move forward as Executive Director and grow the wonderful vision that was started by Sister Carol Ann Henry 39 years ago.”
Kim Guadagno has been a Monmouth County resident for over 30 years. In that time, she has raised her family in Monmouth County, been a town commissioner, the first woman Monmouth County Sheriff, the state’s first Lieutenant Governor and New Jersey’s 33rd Secretary of State. Most recently she served as the President and CEO of Fulfill and is a current partner at Connell Foley, LLP. Her background touches every aspect of Mercy Center’s mission, from raising and supporting a family and working with non-profits, to involvement with local schools and supporting women entrepreneurs and the faith-based and business communities.