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Acton-Boxborough United Way Announces Executive Director Transition

Acton, MA - June 12, 2019 - Acton-Boxborough United Way Executive Director, Rachel Sagan, is stepping down after serving in the position for 10 years, according to Board President Jeannie Meijer.

Meijer said “Rachel has had a transformative impact. She has grown the organization in every way, from programming to resource strengthening to initiating community partnerships. Rachel may be moving on, but her contribution to making ABUW a vibrant community resource will be long-lasting, and for that we are deeply grateful.”

Rachel oversaw a first-ever Community Needs Assessment, a successful Healthy Teen Initiative, and helped create the AB Cares Coalition, a community response to suicide. She also expanded ABUW’s local community of supporters, by doubling donations from local residents.

Said Meijer, “From all of us who live here in the Acton and Boxborough community, we say thank you. Rachel, you will be missed and we wish you the best moving forward.”

The search committee, led by incoming President Kristina Rychlik and Senior Board Member Marie Altieri, is excited to announce the selection of Griet Dehandschutter as new Executive Director. She officially takes on this role as of August 1, 2019.

“Griet stood out in a field of tremendously qualified applicants.” said Kristina Rychlik. “I am personally most excited by her enthusiasm - for her new role, for our AB community, and for what we can do together.”

Griet brings to ABUW over 20 years of management, strategic fundraising and communication experience, working locally and internationally. Griet is founder of Dehandschutter & Associates, a strategic fundraising consultancy, based in Acton. “Throughout my career, I have taken joy in creatively bringing people together across cultures and borders, and building lasting communities of support around vital causes” said Griet.

Griet has been an active volunteer in her faith community, sports and local schools. As Co-Chair, she planned and rallied support for an ambitious $1.8 million “Open Doors” Capital Campaign of the United Church of Christ in Boxborough to restore the historic meeting house and the Community Center, creating much-needed affordable gathering space and new ways for neighbors to connect.

"I am humbled and honored to join this vital organization in our community," Griet said. "I can't wait to further the mission of the United Way to fight for the health, education and financial stability for all people in our community. I am eager to further unleash the energy, talents and resources of all residents and businesses. Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a choice. As Acton-Boxborough is an increasingly diverse community, ABUW offers “one big tent” for all to gather and take action. The AB United Way has a unique role to nimbly identify and respond to critical community needs by securing necessary resources, inspiring volunteers and creatively growing community partnerships."

An Acton resident since 2002, Griet grew up in Antwerp, Belgium, where she studied law. She later married Art Boyd after meeting at the Johns Hopkins University in Bologna, Italy while studying for their Master’s degrees in International Relations. Aside from English, Griet speaks (Flemish) Dutch, French and German. She is the proud mom of three young adults, Alexander, Romie and Nicholas Boyd.

Please join us in celebrating this new chapter in ABUW’s history. If you wish to celebrate the leadership transition, you can do so by making a donation!

Celebratory donations can be made at www.abuw.org.