President Sister Jeanne Bessette has announced new leadership to enhance the DePaul Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP).
Abby Held has been named executive director of the CWSP, responsible for the overall effectiveness of the program, recruiting new partners and retaining current partners. She has worked at DePaul Cristo Rey since 2013 in CWSP business development, fundraising and alumni support roles. Held brings to her new position a strong background in sales and marketing as well as her experience within DPCR. She is a graduate of Ohio University and worked in sales and marketing positions in Chicago and Cincinnati prior to joining DPCR.
Rayna Moore is now serving as associate director for CWSP Operations. She manages all of the day-to-day aspects of the program including student transportation, supporting and communicating with on-site supervisors, and preparing students to work through the summer CORE program and throughout the school year. Moore has worked as an organizational consultant and has managed programs at several nonprofit organizations including Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati and the Chicago Urban League. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University.
The new leadership team will enhance the service and support to current Corporate Partners while building the program, adding new partners to ensure a work-study position for every student. DePaul Cristo Rey is the only local high school to offer a CWSP which not only enables students to earn part of their own education costs, it also exposes them to and prepares them for the professional world they will enter after college.