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Waveny LifeCare Network Bolsters Fundraising Leadership

Waveny LifeCare Network Bolsters Fundraising Leadership

Posted on March 30, 2017

Cynthia Gorey has joined Waveny LifeCare Network as Vice President of Development, and Edlira Curis has assumed the new position of Vice President of Campaign Services for the New Canaan-based eldercare organization. Creating these key leadership roles reflects Waveny’s ongoing commitment to maintain a professional fundraising and development presence as a charitable non-profit organization.

As Vice President of Development, Gorey will be responsible for directing Waveny’s development operations, overseeing annual fundraising efforts, and developing a major gifts program as part of a long-term campaign to expand charitable support for Waveny.

Gorey brings a deep and personal familiarity with the greater New Canaan community, having spent 14 years as Executive Director/President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Canaan Community Foundation. “I am truly grateful to be ‘coming home’ to New Canaan, and feel privileged to be part of the leadership team at Waveny,” said Gorey. “The residences, programs and services within Waveny’s continuum of care are amazing community resources for all residents, young and old alike, and I am proud to help advance our mission.”  

A unique fit for Waveny, Gorey’s professional background combines experience in health care, non-profit management and fundraising. She earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University in Human Biology and a Master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Early in her career, she worked for a home health agency and a hospital system, focusing on establishing a long-term care continuum.

“Cynthia brings expertise in all aspects of development and a passion for working with donors to her new role at Waveny,” said Bill Piper, Chief Executive Officer of Waveny LifeCare Network. “With such a sincere and established connection to our community, Cynthia is not only a wonderful addition to our team, but the perfect leader for Waveny’s next phase of fundraising growth.”

Edlira Curis, who joined Waveny in November 2016, has been named Vice President of Campaign Services, and will continue to focus on campaign and major gift related initiatives.

Curis came to Waveny through her work with The Giving Collaborative, a philanthropy firm that provides counsel and assistance to non-profit organizations seeking to grow their giving programs. A professional fundraiser with experience soliciting major gifts for Annual Giving efforts and Capital Campaigns, Curis spent ten years fundraising for independent schools prior to her work with the Giving Collaborative. She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in Service Management from Rochester Institute of Technology. 

“Since joining the Waveny community, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know our many loyal friends and benefactors,” said Curis. “Our supporters inspire me every day. The level of care, concern and commitment shown to Waveny and other non-profits is remarkable.” 

Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a non-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living and short-term respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home and Geriatric Care Management. For more information, call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or inquire online.