Southeast Works again searching for a CEO

July 10, 2012 Updated Jul 10, 2012 at 8:16 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First by Tracey Drury

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July 10, 2012 Updated Jul 10, 2012 at 8:16 AM EDT


Just seven months after transitioning to a new CEO, Southeast Works will again begin the executive search process.

Agency executives confirmed that Friday was the last day for Pamela Hayes, who joined the Depew-based organization in December. No reason was given for Hayes departure.

A 25-year veteran of the developmental disabilities industry, Hayes was recruited from California, where she served as CEO at Valley Light Industries. She took over for Judith Shanley, who retired after 10 years.

Kara Murphy, Southeast Works director of human resources, said William Stachura will fill the post on an interim basis while the board begins a search to hire either a CEO or executive director.

Stachura, board treasurer, is an independent management consultant. He retired in 2004 from American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. after a 40-year career with General Motors and American Axle.

Southeast Works also recently lost its second in command: Susan Mentecki, former chief operating officer, left the agency in June to join Baker Victory Services as vice president of OPWDD services, working with the State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Mentecki was promoted late last year from associate executive director to COO.

Plans do not include filling the COO position at this time, Murphy said.

With revenues of $12.7 million and a staff of 350, Southeast Works provides services to individuals with disabilities.

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