The Mercy Center in Asbury Park, founded by the Sisters of Mercy, has named Kim Guadagno as its new executive director effective Aug. 18.
Guadagno, former lieutenant governor under Governor Christie, succeeds Sister Carol Ann Henry who retired this summer from her role as executive director 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,” said Mary Beth Radke, Chair of Mercy Center’s Board of Trustees. “Guadagno 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, I 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,” Guadagno said, “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.”
To accomplish its mission, Mercy Center offers the following programs:
Emergency Services – distributes food, clothing, and utility assistance to help sustain families facing financial difficulties;
The Family Resource Center (FRC) – a “one-stop-shop” for resources, referrals, advocacy, counseling, and behavior modification services available to families so they can maintain healthier lives and relationships;
Sisters Academy of New Jersey (SANJ) – a middle school for girls from economically challenged families providing an education of excellence, life skills, and the necessary tools so they become confident, self-sufficient, and successful in competitive high schools.