Cruise, Sr. Patricia
Sister Patricia A. Cruise, affectionately known as "Sister Tricia" to her colleagues and the thousands of children she has served, is the President and CEO of Covenant House, the largest privately funded nonprofit agency in North and Central America.
Sister Tricia, who assumed leadership of the organization in September 2003, is responsible for the overall management and long-term strategic planning of Covenant House, which includes 21 sites in six countries as well as the corporate headquarters in New York City. The Covenant House mission to serve young people is a familiar theme for Sister Tricia, who joined the organization after nearly 25 years in education and academic administration. Prior to her current position at Covenant House, Sister Tricia was the Executive Vice President and CEO at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Sister Tricia was born in Edenton, North Carolina, to an Irish father and an Italian mother, and raised in Winchester, Massachusetts. The first of four children, she has three brothers and sisters-in-law along with five nieces and one nephew.
She recently celebrated her 25th anniversary as a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, where her parents now live.
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