WESTFORD — Roudenbush Community Center recently welcomed its new Executive Director, Amanda Sullivan.
Sullivan replaces former Executive Director Michelle Sullivan, who left her role earlier this year.
Sullivan, a graduate of Suffolk University and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of New England. Born and raised in Groton, Sullivan says she “spent a lot of time in Westford growing up.”
“[I have] lots of ties and very fond memories [here],” she told WestfordCAT.
While studying at Suffolk University, Sullivan found her passion for working with under-resourced populations.
“Living in the city exposed me to working with individuals in need,” she said, “That’s where my interest grew for a long time.”
Later, Sullivan was contracted to work with children to build their communication skills.
“It was a foundational job because it opened my eyes to how to work with children and learn their needs,” she said. “I always loved that.”
Most recently, Sullivan served as Youth Services Director at Community Teamwork, a non-profit community action agency based in Lowell. In her role, she built up day-to-day and long-term programming for youth and adolescents.
Sullivan says the experience at Roudenbush is “so different” than her previous work.
“It is really given the opportunity to get the small-town feel,” she said. “I’m having a really good time so far.”
She says her aim is to “figure out what the community wants” and build programming that meets the needs of residents.