Luisa Caiazzo, CEO at SARC since 2006, has been chosen as a finalist in Baltimore SmartCEO’s Circle of Excellence Awards program. Caiazzo has taken the agency that serves Harford County’s survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking to new levels of service since her arrival. The agency now provides over 1,500 clients a year with legal services, clinical counseling services, a 24 hour helpline with crisis intervention counseling and a 28 bed safehouse. Through its community outreach and education programs, SARC is the catalyst for the prevention of intimate partner violence.
Under Caiazzo’s leadership, SARC is undertaking a Capital Campaign to build a new, state of the art safehouse designed with Trauma Informed Care elements throughout. Because SARC shelters women and men, Caiazzo said SARC would like to provide more privacy for each client in a campus-like setting and in order to meet the demand, increase the capacity by at least 8 more beds.
The Circle of Excellence Awards program recognizes the region’s most accomplished CEOs for business excellence in distinct categories. Companies are nominated from all size and industry categories, public or private. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects the winners based on their industry impact and market leadership. Finalists are profiled in the November/December issue of SmartCEO magazine and celebrated at an awards reception in November, where the winners are announced live.