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benjamin Rose board announces interim ceo

Contact: Jeanne Hoban, 216.373.1686,

December 13, 2018

Mary Marita Headshot(Cleveland, OH) —The Board of Directors of Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging announced that Mary Marita, MHSA, LNHA, currently Senior Vice President and COO, has been appointed Interim CEO of the 110-year-old Cleveland-based nonprofit. In her role as COO, Marita has been intimately involved in all major initiatives of the organization, and is well-poised to lead Benjamin Rose through this time of transition.

Marita follows Richard Browdie, who has served as President and CEO since 2002 and will depart the organization at the end of the year.

"Rich leaves a wonderful legacy of impressive accomplishments not only for BRIA but for the entire field of aging services and programs," said Emily Drake, Chairperson, Board of Directors. "We wish him the very best in this next phase of his life's journey."

The Benjamin Rose Board has enlisted the executive search firm Waverly Partners to conduct a nationwide search for the next CEO.

"A national search takes time, but we all would agree that this thorough and comprehensive process will allow us to identify that individual who is the best future leader for BRIA," said Cynthia Dunn, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Executive Search Committee.

Marita joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in 1999 as the Assistant Administrator of Kethley House, the organization's former nursing facility, and has held progressively responsible positions since. In 2014, Marita assumed her most recent position, overseeing the organization's home-and community-based service subsidiaries, Eldercare Services Institute LLC and Rose Centers for Aging Well LLC, as well as information technology for Benjamin Rose.

About Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: Founded in 1908, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging ( is a Cleveland-based nonprofit whose mission is to advance support for older adults and caregivers. Our work is accomplished by deepening the understanding of their evolving needs in a changing society; developing and delivering innovative, high-quality solutions; and promoting effective public policies.