Mary Jo Viero

Mary Jo Viero

The Board of Directors of the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) announced Jan. 16 that Susan Flood has resigned as BAPA's Executive Director to pursue other opportunities and Mary Jo Viero has been promoted to that position.

"It has been a real privilege to be able to give back to a community I love so much," Flood said in a press release.

“Susan has been an outstanding leader for BAPA," said BAPA Board President Maureen Gainer Reilly. "We were delighted when she made the commitment to serve BAPA for two years as executive director. In that time, BAPA has benefited greatly from her knowledge and experience. While we are sad to see her go, we wish her all the best in her next endeavor."

A longtime Beverly/Morgan Park resident, Mary Jo Viero began her service to BAPA as a member and volunteer, then joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Viero joined the BAPA staff as a Community Organizer in 2016.

According to the press release, Viero helped to launch and elevate programs to connect residents to businesses, including the BAPA Card, Holiday Cookie Crawl, Sip and Shop and Tap Into BAPA; played key roles in planning, execution and development of BAPA’s Home Tour, Ridge Run/Memorial Day Parade, and Beverly Hills Cycling Classic/Bikes & Brews; created opportunities for community outreach including the New Neighbor program and working with civic associations; spearheaded the Love Where You Live community spirit campaign; and developed and executed “green” initiatives including Openlands Tree Planting grants and organizing community groups for the annual Clean and Green volunteer day at local parks, schools, train stations and institutions.

Expanded coverage will appear in the Jan. 22 issue.