Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Lorene Suidan joined the Leader Dogs for the Blind team in July 2012 as chief financial officer. Her role as COO/CFO is to provide leadership and management of the organization’s financial, information technology and facilities functions. Lorene also serves as the chief compliance officer, co-chairing the Information Security Steering Committee and monitoring and reporting on the organization’s compliance, audit and ethics programs, policies and procedures.
Prior to her arrival at Leader Dogs for the Blind, Lorene most recently served as chief financial officer at Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit (JSL). She began her nine-year tenure at a JSL predecessor agency: Jewish Home & Aging Services, where she was instrumental in designing effective systems and encouraging board involvement and oversight of the finance function. Lorene played a key role in the corporate restructuring that created Jewish Senior Life and the integration of the two legacy agencies’ systems and policies.
Lorene has been privileged to serve in a variety of nonprofit environments over the past 25 years, including Sacred Heart Major Seminary and The Order of the Fishermen Ministry. She is also active as a volunteer on the Finance Council of St. Mary Parish. Lorene is an adjunct professor at Rochester College, teaching courses in nonprofit management and nonprofit budgeting & financial management.
Lorene is an alumnus of James Madison College at Michigan State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in justice, morality, and constitutional democracy. She is also a graduate of the Master of Science in professional accountancy program at Walsh College. Lorene is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, serves on its Nonprofit Task Force, and is a registered CPA.