Covenant House appoints new CEO

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Detroit-based Covenant House Michigan, which a few years ago expanded services from homeless shelters and youth charter schools to Grand Rapids, has appointed a West Michigan as the new CEO.

Gerry Piro, 69, who led the organization since 2014, is retiring.

Meagan Dunn, vice president of programs for YWCA Kalamazoo, will join Covenant House as the new CEO beginning July 11.

During his tenure, Piro raised awareness of Michigan youth homelessness and strengthened his programs, the organization said. He led a $4 million campaign to build a second campus in Grand Rapids with a 28-bed shelter and charter school. The school, along with three others in Detroit, opened to help dropouts, homeless people and at-risk students ages 16 to 22 graduate from high school.

Covenant House Michigan reported total revenue of $5.3 million for 2020, the year it last filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

As Vice President of Programs for the YWCA for the past two years, Dunn has overseen all programs and services, managing a $12 million budget and a team of over 100 employees. Among other duties, she oversaw a 62-bed shelter for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking and a 24/7 daycare center.

Previously, Dunn served as Director of Community Outreach and Partnerships for Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System for nearly 10 years and Deputy Director of Neighborhood Town Halls for the City of Detroit from 2003 to 2010.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from Michigan State University.

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