STRATFORD, Conn. – Chris Carroll, a former local newspaper editor and reporter, has been hired to take on the role as the new director of development at Sterling House Community Center in Stratford. .
Sterling House Executive Director Amanda Meeson said Carroll will replace longtime development director Diane Sheridan, who retired effective Sept. 16 after 10 years at Sterling House, and is planning to relocate to Florida.
“Chris’ wealth of experience in nonprofit fundraising paired with a connection to the Stratford community is a powerful combination for Sterling House. We are excited to have him on board,” said Meeson. “We are going to miss Diane and all she has done for Sterling House in the past decade. We wish her the best in her retirement and we are grateful for all the connections and community she built during her time here.”
Carroll began his new duties Sept. 19. He came to Sterling House from The West Haven Community House, where he had served as director of development since March 2011.
“I have had an opportunity to work with Diane for two weeks as she graciously introduced me to many of Sterling House’s supporters and sponsors," Carroll said. "Diane is certainly well known and well respected, and I know she will be missed.”
Before his stint in West Haven, Carroll was the director of development at Boys & Girls Village Inc., of Milford from 2001 to 2010.
Stratford residents may remember Carroll from his newspaper career beginning in the 1980s at Citizen Publications, which published the Stratford Bard. He was also an editor and executive editor at the Stratford Star in the late 1980s and 1990s, and was the launch editor for Stratford Patch in January 2011.
He began his nonprofit development career in 1996 at ARI of Stamford, an agency that works with adults with disabilities.
Carroll noted that leveraging the financial and in-kind support of the community is vital to the continued success of Sterling House and its ability to serve Stratford and the surrounding community.
“In the coming weeks and months I will be getting out to meet as many supporters and various stakeholders as I can, and I hope that everyone will continue to think of Sterling House and support its mission when they consider making a donation, especially as the holiday season approaches,” he said.
Sterling House Community Center is a multi-service community center at 2283 Main St. It serves thousands of children, teenagers and adults each year through a variety of programs, including its pre-school, summer camp, adult classes, athletic programs, food bank and more.
Sterling House will be observing its 85th anniversary in 2017.
For more information on Sterling House and its programs, visit its website or call 203-378-2606.