Biographies of Piast Institute Staff, Directors and Fellows

Virginia Skrzyniarz
Virginia L. Skrzyniarz
Piast Institute Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
Board of Directors | Dekaban Board

Ms. Virginia Skrzyniarz, Executive Vice President and co-founder of the Piast Institute, has more than thirty years of experience in managing non-profit organizations. She has served as an executive level administrator with duties in personnel, risk management and supervision of employees and facilities, and she has also directed development and events planning.

In addition to the Piast Institute, Ms. Skrzyniarz has also been involved with boards and organizations that include:

    • Census 2010 Committee
    • National Fundraising Executives Society
    • Polish American Chamber of Commerce
    • The Kosciuszko Foundation
    • The Polish American Historical Association
    • The Polish American Congress
    • Detroit Agency on Aging
    • Detroit Historical Society
    • Detroit Regional Chamber
    • National Association for Mental Illness in Macomb County (Board of Directors)
    • Oakland County Mental Providers Association (former Chair)
    • Citizens Advisory Committee on Community Mental Health
    • Nurses for Life in Michigan
    • Michigan Nurses Association
    • Drug Free Communities
    • Karol Wojtyła Hamtramck Park Committee
    • Hamtramck Drug Free Community Coalition (HDFCC)
    • Frederick Douglass International Academy (Board of Directors - Vice President)
    • Continium of Care (Board of Directors)

Prior to co-founding the Piast Institute, Ms. Skrzyniarz was vice president for administrative affairs at St. Mary’s College with responsibility for development, fundraising, events, planning, advertising, public relations, security and risk management. She also served as executive director and director of marketing and fund development for Hope Network Southeast, where she wrote and administered state and federal grants and maintained liaison with governmental units as well as private foundations and investors. In addition, she built and managed health care facilities operated by the Hope Network. She performed similar duties for ACL, a mental health provider in Southeastern Michigan. Ms. Skrzyniarz has been a licensed nurse in Michigan since 1973.

Ms. Skrzyniarz is the recipient of a number of awards including the Special Achievement Award for Lifetime Mental Health Service, the Provider Recognition Award for Service Excellence and the Longevity Award from Hope Network.

In 2013, the President of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski, awarded Ms. Skrzyniarz the Cavaliers Cross of the Polish Order of Merit for her many years of work dedicated to the promotion of Polish culture and service to the Polish American community at national and local levels.


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