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Lorene Suidan

Vice President, CFO, Ass't Secretary, Ass't Treasurer

Closeup of Lorene Suidan smiling and holding a young German shepherd puppy wearing Future Leader Dog bandanna

Lorene Suidan brings over 25 years of nonprofit management expertise, financial leadership, program development and strategic planning to her role as the chief financial officer of Leader Dogs for the Blind. Her role as CFO is to provide leadership and management of the organization’s financial, information technology and facilities functions.

As chief financial officer at Leader Dog, she provided financial oversight and leadership for over $128 million dollars in philanthropic and other revenue raised.  In addition, she has overseen all financial aspects of the $14.5 million-dollar capital campaign, the largest in the organization’s 80-year history, to create the canine development center.

Prior to her arrival at Leader Dogs for the Blind, Lorene served as chief financial officer at Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit (JSL), where she was instrumental in designing effective systems and encouraging board involvement and oversight of the finance function. Lorene has been privileged to serve in a variety of nonprofit environments prior to coming to Leader Dog including Sacred Heart Major Seminary and The Order of the Fishermen Ministry. Lorene is an adjunct professor at Rochester College, teaching courses in nonprofit management and nonprofit budgeting & financial management.

Lorene is a graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in justice, morality, and constitutional democracy. She holds a Master of Science degree in professional accountancy from Walsh College. Suidan completed Harvard Business School’s executive education coursework in “Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations.” Lorene is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, serves on its Nonprofit Task Force, and is a registered CPA.  Lorene is a member of the Wixom-Walled Lake Lions Club.