Susan Sherer, Chief Executive Officer of The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), has announced her resignation from the low income energy assistance organization, effective September 1, 2014.

Under Susan’s leadership the funding for THAW has increased by more than 300%. In 2014 THAW will help more than 25,000 homes stay warm, nearly tripling the number of households served since she joined the team more than four years ago. She plans to continue to make a difference in the community through her consulting practice and also through volunteer efforts.

THAW Board President Mark Stiers said, “Susan was great asset to THAW and she will be missed. She was hired as a change agent, and she did just that – transforming the organization into one that seeks sustainable solutions to the stubborn energy issues faced by poverty populations across the state of Michigan.”

THAW will immediately begin the search for a new CEO. After her departure as CEO on September 1, Sherer will provide consultative support to assist the THAW board of directors in its transition to a new CEO. Two members of the board will also assist in on-site transition: Tom OMasta, a former executive at Consumers Energy and Jerry Carlson, a technology executive with Microsoft.

Outgoing CEO Sherer said, “THAW has developed new ways to reach out to customers in need and help them manage their energy use and avoid crisis. Serving on THAW team has been a great privilege. I am committed to supporting a smooth transition to the next CEO and convinced THAW will continue to serve even more of its customers with compassionate care.”

THAW is the leading provider of utility assistance for Michigan residents in need. The agency collaborates with its partners to deliver service that supports long term energy solutions. Since 1985 THAW has distributed $145 million dollars in assistance to over 200,000 households. 70% of the households served by THAW have a child in the home.

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