Levittown, NY– New Ground is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Serenita as Director of Development & Events. Mrs. Serenita will play an integral role in increasing fundraising opportunities and developing donor strategies for the agency.
Founded in 1991, New Ground has been providing intensive Social Work and education services to homeless Long Islanders to help Veterans and families break the cycle of homelessness. When they complete the New Ground program, they have accomplished various goals in areas of education, employment, financial literacy, parenting and more, and have secured permanent, stable housing where they can live independently with a brighter future now and for generations to come. New Ground has been successful in assisting families and Veterans go from homelessness to homeownership in an average of three to six years.
Mrs. Serenita comes to New Ground from United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island, where she served as the Assistant Director of Development. Prior to that role, she held Director level positions at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Greater New York Chapter and The Marfan Foundation in Port Washington, NY. In addition, she joined New Ground’s Young Professional Board in 2013 and has been an active volunteer over the years. Mrs. Serenita has over ten years of experience in development and fundraising, specializing in public relations, major giving, board development and providing strategic direction for growth. She also has a successful track record in the overall management and production of non-profit special events.
“Diane is committed to New Ground’s mission and has the experience to strategically guide the agency’s fundraising and awareness efforts forward,” said Shannon Boyle, Executive Director of New Ground. “I am confident that her many talents and passion will prove to be a recipe for success for the homeless Veterans and families we serve.”
Mrs. Serenita received her Bachelors of Science in Communications, Public Relations & Advertising from the State University of New York College at Cortland. She is thrilled to be a part of the team at New Ground and is looking forward to joining their efforts to “Break the Cycle of Homelessness” for the Long Island Veterans and Families they serve.