BOSTON – Friday, November 7, 2014 — Governor Deval Patrick swore in Cheryl Poppe as superintendent of the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, making her the first woman to lead the home in its 132 year history. The swearing-in comes on the 10th Annual Celebration of Women Veterans Appreciation Day, which also features an event in the State House.
“Cheryl has served the Commonwealth with honor, from her time as a colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard, to her work as a leader in our Department of Veterans Services,” said Governor Patrick. “From health care, to housing and treatment, she holds a deep understands of the needs of our veterans, and will be a strong leader of the Chelsea Soldiers Home.”
A retired colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard, Poppe has more than 30 years of service, including five years as deputy secretary for programs at the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services.
Since April, she has served as acting superintendent of the home, working with residents and employees to enhance the Administration’s already strong services to veterans. A resident of Salem, Poppe holds a Masters in Business Administration from Salem State University.
“This is great news for the home and especially timely, coming on the 10th Annual Celebration of Women Veterans Appreciation Day,” said Health and Human Services Secretary John Polanowicz. “I congratulate Cheryl on her new role and thank all the staff at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home the work they do caring for our veterans and their families.”
“As a one of the top leaders in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, Colonel (Ret.) Cheryl Poppe served the Commonwealth and nation with distinction and honor,” said Major General L. Scott Rice, adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard. “Poppe’s leadership, dedication and commitment to those that serve is inspirational.”
“In my short time as an elected official, I have had a wonderful working relationship with Cheryl Poppe,” said Representative RoseLee Vincent. “The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home is in great hands with Poppe at the helm. I have no doubt that she will continue her tireless work to advocate for the well-being of our veterans and the residents of the Soldiers’ Home. “