ITHACA, N.Y. — The Board of Directors at Southside Community Center has selected a new executive director, the organization announced on Monday.

Dr. Tammy Butler has a career of service to women and families in the Rochester-area that spans more than 10 years. Butler has experience in the fields of human services, including as a consultant, trainer and presenter, about building successful collaborations, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care.   

“I am grateful for the path set before me as Executive Director of Southside Community Center and its rich legacy of transformative leadership around social awareness, self-love and collective pride,” said Butler. ”We must do this work together, with youth and young adults intergenerationally, inclusively, and authentically — beyond the walls of Southside Community Center. I am eager to continue the work of Southside.”

Dr. Tammy Butler

Butler received her undergraduate degree from SUNY Brockport, her Masters of Science in organizational management from Roberts Wesleyan College, and holds a Doctorate of Education in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. She is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

“On behalf of the Southside Community Center Board of Directors, we are very excited to welcome Dr. Tammy Butler as our new Executive Director,” said Dr. Nia Nunn, president of the Southside Community Center’s Board of Directors. “With her incredible knowledge, extensive experience, and passion for our mission, we’re confident that Dr. Butler will help us revolutionize the stability of the agency. Happy to make Ithaca her new home, we know everyone will give Dr. Butler a warm Ithaca community welcome!”   

In 2004, Butler founded and led Samaritan Center of Excellence, an organization that delivers evidence-based programming, research, education and training focused on issues impacting women and families.

In 2009, as a Project Director at the Center for Community Alternatives, Dr. Butler provided strategic oversight of a peer-run program for integrated prevention, treatment, and substance use disorder services.

In 2015, as a Project Manager for Finger Lakes Performing Provider System to promote collaborations between institutions like medical, mental health and substance abuse organizations, schools, government agencies, employers, and law enforcement, that may not interact on a regular basis.

Butler is expected to assume her new role at some point in the next few weeks. Anyone wishing to meet the new executive director should stay tuned to the community center’s website and social feeds for upcoming events here.