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ValleyCare charitable foundation names executive director

Former director of annual giving at Harvard Medical School takes Livermore post

Shake Sulikyan, formerly the senior director of annual giving at Harvard Medical School in Boston, has been named executive director of the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation.

In her new position, she will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the foundation's programs and activities.

"Shake Sulikyan is a talented and proven leader in the non-profit foundation community," said Bob Shapiro, who with his wife Joyce serves as co-chairs of the foundation. "We look forward to achieving our goals with her leadership."

Before moving to the Tri-Valley, Sulikyan helped build Harvard's medical school's annual giving program from the ground-up and raised over $4 million per year.

Previously, she served as director of annual giving and alumni relations at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and earlier in the development offices of Simmons College and Associated Early Care and Education, Inc., both in Boston.

Since relocating, she has become a a member of the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance's Program, the Bay Area Regional Council and serves as a volunteer with Valley Children's Museum. She also is immediate-past president of Clark University's Alumni Association in Worcester, Mass.

Sulikyan lives in Livermore with her husband James Curtis and their son Victor, 4.

ValleyCare Charitable Foundation is a 501(c) (3) corporation with the sole purpose of raising funds for Stanford Health Care -- ValleyCare.

"I am excited to join the Foundation at this pivotal moment," Sulikyan said. "I look forward to helping (the Foundation) to continue to deliver state-of-the-art health care to our community."

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