The Board of Directors of the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County announces Angela J. Panzarella’s appointment as President and CEO effective immediately. Panzarella had been serving as Interim CEO as of June 25, 2018.
Panzarella is a local senior executive with a strong track record of developing high-functioning teams and sustainable, successful business strategies. In recognition of her significant achievements in business, community service and the professional advancement of women, Panzarella has been selected by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Council as a finalist for the 2019 ATHENA Award.
Panzarella has served on several boards of directors, including the United Way of Greater Rochester, Transcat Inc. and UR Medicine Home Care. From 2010 to 2015 Panzarella served as President of ACM Medical Laboratory, Inc., a $100M world leader in medical diagnostic and global clinical trial testing services and a for-profit subsidiary of Rochester Regional Health. She also spent 20 years in leadership roles at Bausch + Lomb Incorporated including Corporate Vice President, Global Vision Care; President, Canada and Latin America; Corporate Vice President, Strategy; Corporate Vice President, Investor Relations and Director, Global Strategic Planning.
Panzarella earned her law degree at Albany Law School of Union University and is a graduate of St. John Fisher College.
The YWCA Board of Directors unanimously approved Panzarella as president and CEO at the November meeting. “We are so pleased to have Angela continue to lead the YWCA,” said Jennifer Kaukeinen, Chair of the YWCA Board of Directors and CEO of JK Leadership Consulting. “As Interim CEO, she demonstrated that the leadership skills she’s honed during her career are precisely what the YWCA needs. She brings a welcome perspective to YWCA operations and the critical role the organization plays in the community.”
“The YWCA is an incredible organization with a legacy of more than 135 years of service in the community,” said Panzarella. “The YWCA has a terrific team of staff, board members and community volunteers to support its work to empower women and girls and to advocate for racial equity and social justice. To be part of such an important organization is humbling. I look forward to continuing my work with the YWCA team and partnering with the community to ensure that legacy continues.”