The Retreat In East Hampton Appoints Executive Director, CFO


Following a lengthy search, The Retreat, a domestic violence service agency located in East Hampton, has hired Michele Pollock Rich as its new executive director to replace the outgoing Jeffrey Freidman.

Ms. Pollock Rich worked for more than three years at Camden County Women’s Center in Camden, New Jersey, which provides emergency services for victims of domestic violence. She received a law degree from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law, a master’s degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany. She is currently relocating from New Jersey.

The Retreat also has appointed East Hampton resident and former pharmaceutical and biotech executive Patrice Dalton as its new chief financial officer.

Ms. Dalton spent several years in California performing financial services for companies such as Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Hoffman La Roche and Genentech. She received a master’s degree in policy and planning and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.

Ms. Dalton said that The Retreat has always been one of her favored nonprofits, and that she stumbled on the job opportunity while researching the agency’s thrift store about ways to donate furniture.

“The surprise of finding that job announcement, and the timing of it, was just unbelievable,” Ms. Dalton said, adding that she turned to The Retreat years ago for information when some of her colleagues were exhibiting signs of domestic violence.

“I am so excited to now be working for The Retreat, because the work that this organization does is passionately life-affirming,” Ms. Dalton said. “The volume and velocity of activities here is incredible. I am so thrilled to be able to give back to the community, so directly, with this team.”

“This is a win-win,” said Retreat Board President Nicole Behrens. “It is great to welcome Patrice home in this way. Patrice Dalton is a person who brings to The Retreat the necessary perspective, leadership, commitment and expertise in all things budget—finance, strategy and cause-related.”

The Retreat offers counseling, legal services, a domestic violence shelter and a 24-hour crisis hotline for those who believe they are the victims of domestic violence. The crisis hotline number is (631) 329-2200. Their website address is

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