Strycker to retire from Greccio in November

       Rich Strycker will retire as Greccio Housing's executive director, effective Nov. 30
       He and his wife are planning to move to an active adult community south of Phoenix.
       Strycker, 62, has headed the Westside-based affordable-housing agency for the past seven years. He was the second executive director of the local non-profit founded in 1990 by Claudia Deats.
       “It's time,” he said this week. “My objective when I became director was to leave Greccio in a better place than I found it. Through the support of the community, which I knew I had coming in, and an unbelievable board and staff, good things came our way.”
       Greccio's mission is to provide “stable, safe, affordable housing, and to create supportive opportunities and services for the residents to enhance their individual growth,” a press release states. During Strycker's tenure, the non-profit added 5 properties and 134 apartment units to a housing inventory that now totals 351 units and includes programs to mitigate homelessness, the release adds. Greccio also recently began partnering with the Woodmen Valley Chapel and five other community groups as part of the Westside Community Center's outreach efforts to lower-income families.
       Greccio's board of directors has begun a search for a new executive director. Board President Tammy Apaydin described Strycker as “an amazing leader and visionary for Greccio.”

Westside Pioneer/press release