New leadership at PACE in New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD — PACE has hired a familiar face to fill the role of executive director: Pamela Kuechler, who was first hired by PACE in 1995.

Kuechler started her new role Monday. She helped create the Family Center at the Hayden-McFadden School and also served as director of the PACE Child Care Works Program, a position she held until 2011. She is currently ending a five and a half year stint as the executive director of the Massachusetts Head Start Association, according to a news release.

Kuechler is replacing Bruce Morell, who retired after 32 years with PACE, 166 William St.

“This is one of the toughest tasks for a Board of Directors,” said Nancy Feeney, president of the PACE Board of Directors, in a statement, “but the board held interviews and selected an excellent candidate to lead the agency into the future.”

Kuechler, a Fairhaven High School graduate, also serves as vice chairman of the Fairhaven School Committee.

In other changes, Joshua Amaral, assistant director of the fuel assistance program and assistant planner, will become the assistant executive director and assistant planner as of Aug. 6. Amaral has been with PACE for the past three years, according to the release.

Amaral also serves on the New Bedford School Committee.

“The Board of Directors is excited about the partnership with Pam and Josh leading this transition period,” Feeney said. “PACE has become a large agency, and we are looking to the future to do more for the lower income residents of the area.”

PACE is the designated Community Action Agency for the city of New Bedford with annual revenue that exceeds $65 million and operates local and regional programs that offer support and opportunities for individuals and families to better their lives and to become self-sufficient, according to the release.

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