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Kathy DiRusso

Best Buddies International
Deputy Director, Jobs Operations
Greater Boston Area
I'm a wife, and the mother of a 22-year-old daughter, (recent college grad-woohoo!) In 2004, I started dedicating vacation and personal time to volunteering for 2 organizations with missions that were very personal for me. One is usually apparent by meeting me in person. In my down time, I lead a team each year in long distance walks to raise money to fuel research toward finding a cure for breast cancer, after having lost family members to the disease and deciding enough is enough. The second, is the organization I now gratefully call my home, and second family, Best Buddies. As a volunteer, I had offered my support to over 24 Challenges. Career wise, I had spent 30 years in the Employment/Staffing industry and was thrilled to find an opportunity where I could combine my passion for social justice, with my experience in employment. Since then, I've learned a lot about this organization, having been involved with Mission Impact this past year where I worked on a variety of projects offering my staffing expertise where needed by locating and identifying talent to help expand our organization and continue delivering our mission and supporting more participants with special abilities. I am thrilled to be part of a robust National Jobs team with renewed energy and direction in developing more employment partnerships and successful placements of our amazing Jobs participants.