Sisters of Providence announce leadership change for SPMC

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From left to right: Sister Kathleen Popko, John Wesolowski, Lynn Ostrowski-Ireland

On July 3, 2019 the Sisters of Providence announced the promotion of John Wesolowski to the position of President/Chief Executive Officer of the Sisters of Providence Ministry Corporation (SPMC). Wesolowski has served as SPMC Director of Operations and CFO since September 2015. He will retain his CFO responsibilities and Sister Kathleen Popko, SP will continue in the roles of active Chair of the SPMC Board and as President of the Sisters of Providence.

Wesolowski brings to the role over 30 years of experience in corporate and business management, finance, investment management, construction and public accounting serving most recently as CFO-Director of Facilities for Sunshine Village, Chicopee, prior to coming to SPMC. He started his professional career with four years as audit manager at KPMG.

Outlining experience
Subsequently he spent 20 years in various roles within the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, Ludlow, concluding as Treasurer and CFO. He briefly was CFO Division Executive for the Resources Recovery Authority, Hartford, Conn. and then held the position of Vice President-CFO Corporate Enterprise Operations (Domestic and International) for the MassMutual Financial Group, Springfield, for seven years. Following his tenure at MassMutual, he assumed the role of Executive Director of the Foundation and Budget Director at Westfield State University.

In addition, the Sisters of Providence selected Lynn Ostrowski-Ireland, Ph.D. as Chief Operating Officer of SPMC, effective July 16. Ireland has a strong record in strategic planning, operations, health care leadership, education and training, and governmental affairs.

Serving in several roles
She spent 22 years of her career at Health New England in several roles, most recently as Director of Corporate Responsibility and Government Affairs. Subsequently, she became Executive Director of the Aetna Foundation in Hartford, Conn. In that post she worked with the Foundation’s Board and Executive Leadership Team building the organization’s plan for a new strategic direction and for an enhanced corporate social responsibility strategy.

Recently, she was Chief Operating Officer at Viability, Inc. in Northampton where she led the medical office’s strategic planning/strategic initiatives. She lives in Longmeadow with her husband and two of her three children.

“We are delighted with these changes that will enhance our support of SPMC and its subsidiary corporations,” commented Sister Kathleen. “We are blessed to have such dedicated, talented, mission-driven leaders within our organization.”

The Sisters of Providence Ministry Corporation was established in 2013 as a holding company overseeing the operations of five of the Sisters of Providence subsidiary corporations, namely, Providence Place, Inc., Mary’s Meadow at Providence Place, Inc., Genesis Spiritual Life and Conference Center, Inc., Providence Ministries for the Needy, Inc., Mount Saint Vincent Care Center and other properties.