New executive director at Neighborhood Club

New Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Executive Director Sarah Diwan points to a photo at the entrance of the club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave. -Owen M. Lawson III

New Hyde Park Neighborhood Club Executive Director Sarah Diwan points to a photo at the entrance of the club, 5480 S. Kenwood Ave.

-Owen Lawson III

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

Sarah Diwan has been named the new executive director of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club. Outgoing executive director Jennifer Bosch recommended Diwan for the promotion.

Diwan was the director of Early Childhood Programs at Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), 5480 S. Kenwood Ave., before she assumed the role of executive director on July 21.

Diwan is the founder and director of the Baby Ph.D. Childcare Network, which has operated under the HPNC umbrella and as part of the organization’s early childhood program. Diwan earned a masters and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration.

“I am proud of how far HPNC has come in these past few years and that we are a strong, relevant institution,” Bosch said. “Sarah has been an integral part of this growth and I know she’ll continue to build on my successes.”

Bosch, who stepped in as interim then became full time executive director of HPNC in 2008 during a time of financial and directional crisis for the organization, resigned and plans to return to her career as a museum specialist and consultant to cultural institutions such as the Museum of Science and Industry and the Field Museum.

“I am excited to continue my work with the talented HPNC staff and board,” Diwan said. “Building high quality programming is my passion. 

“In addition to enhancing our existing programs, I anticipate that over the next couple of years we will significantly expand HPNC’s offerings in the areas of after-school enrichment and athletics,” Diwan said.

d.phillips@hpherald.com