Ryan House, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that provides respite, palliative and end-of-life care to Arizona children with life-threatening conditions, has hired three new people.

Cindy Mero, who has been named director of special events and marketing for Ryan House, comes from the Banner Health Foundation where she spent four years handing fund development, events and sponsorships. In this new role, Mero will develop all aspects of Ryan House’s special events; develop and implement volunteer leadership committees; cultivate and steward donors; and develop, implement and manage the marketing and communications strategy.

Ryan House’s new director of development is Cathy LaSusa. She brings more than 15 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit development, having worked for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the American Cancer Society in New York, and for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. LaSusa oversees major gifts, grant writing, and donor relations.

Erin Mortensen, Ryan House’s new development coordinator, is responsible for managing the database, donations, donor records, and spearheading all social media platforms. Mortensen was most recently an intern at Make A Wish Arizona.

For more information, visit http://ryanhouse.org.


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