SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Lisa Hackett has resigned her position as executive director of the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) effective Aug. 16.  She has accepted a position as the executive director of the newly formed Summit Medical Group Foundation.

“I wasn’t actively looking for a new position,” said Hackett, “but this opportunity fell into my lap and after some soul searching I realized that I couldn’t turn it down. I’ve truly enjoyed my time in South Orange and the opportunities and support which this community gave me. I look forward to seeing South Orange Village Center continue to grow and thrive.”

Nancy Gould has been selected to be the interim executive director while the search for a long-term Executive Director is carried out. Gould, a licensed professional planner, served in this capacity before Hackett began full time. She has also served on SOVCA’s board as the village’s Board of Trustees liaison. Gould will work alongside Hackett beginning Wednesday, August 14 and will assume her Interim executive director role on Monday, Aug.19. SOVCA will begin searching for a long-term Executive Director immediately with the help of Main Street New Jersey.

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“We’re disappointed to be losing Lisa as our executive director, but we understand that an opportunity like this doesn’t come around often and we wish her much success,” said Matt Glass, chair of the SOVCA Board.  “Lisa was essential to building the strong foundation that SOVCA now enjoys entering our second year and I join our board, our other volunteers and our merchant community in thanking her for her tireless work for South Orange Village Center.”

Hackett expressed enthusiasm for the future of South Orange and is pleased with what has been accomplished in her eight months in the position.

“South Orange is definitely on a positive trajectory.” Hackett said.  “We have done a lot of groundwork in formulating a vision for what people would like the future of South Orange’s Village Center to be.”

“I want to thank Nancy for agreeing to step in while we prepare for a full search,” said Glass. “She knows our organization, knows the workings of Village Hall and has a passion for the success of the Alliance and the Village Center. Our goal is to continue providing the services our stakeholders have come to expect like cleanup, business recruitment and events like Downtown After Sundown. We are well prepared to do just that and we’re prepared to find the right person to continue the good work Lisa did in her time with SOVCA.”

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