New president, CEO of EAC Network


EAC Network, a leading human services agency that serves 43,000 people in need throughout Long Island and New York City, announced today that Neela Mukherjee Lockel has been appointed as the agency’s new resident and CEO.
Since 2016 Neela served as the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross on Long Island, where she oversaw Red Cross activities across Nassau and Suffolk counties and sat on the Regional Leadership Team of Greater New York.

She facilitated the Regional Board Diversity Committee and was a member of the Advanced Public Affairs Training Team and the American Red Cross LEAD, an internal leadership development program.

She has deployed to Red Cross disaster responses for Hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Florence (2018) and the California Wildfires (2017), and also sat as the Interim Regional CEO for the Maine Region to lead the team through a merger into the Northern New England Region.
“Neela is the right leader to build upon EAC Network’s powerful and lasting legacy,” said Richard M. Kessel, EAC Network’s chairman of the Board. “Her extensive background in the non-profit sector and business development expertise will help guide EAC Network in further strengthening its mission. Our Board looks forward to working together with Neela, and our highly dedicated executive team and professional staff, in ensuring the sustainability of our organization and delivering solutions that meet the changing and growing needs of our region’s most vulnerable populations.”
Kessel added, “We thank Tania Peterson Chandler for her extraordinary leadership as Interim President & CEO/Vice President of Operations since Lance W. Elder’s departure. In spite of the many challenges presented to EAC Network during the COVID- 19 pandemic, Tania continually identified innovative ways for our organization to deliver its critically needed programs and direct support services to people in need. We are truly grateful for her dedication in making our work possible, and thank our staff for their commitment to fulfilling our mission.”


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