The Ruth Ellis Center has appointed Mark Erwin as director of programs. In this position, Erwin is responsible for the planning, operation, coordination and refinement of all programs in the integrated spectrum of services for the youth Ruth Ellis Center serves and their families.
The Ruth Ellis Center is the Midwest's only agency and one of four in the nation dedicated to serving homeless, run away and at-risk youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender or questioning.
"Mark's experience working nationally with several youth-driven organizations is a real asset to Ruth Ellis Center," said Laura Hughes, Ruth Ellis Center's executive director. "He also has particular knowledge and experience working in the LGBTQ community in Metro Detroit, which serves him well in entering this position and quickly understanding the unique characteristics of the population we serve."
As director of programs, Erwin will also maintain the agency's leadership in service programs by supporting managers of the Ruth House's, the full-time residential program, the drop-in center, and the street outreach programs.
Prior to his role with the Ruth Ellis Center, Erwin worked as an admission representative for the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, where he provided admissions counseling to prospective students and their families through one-on-one consultation.
Erwin also has experience as the former general manager for the School of Rock in Twin Cities, Minn. Additionally, he has volunteered at Ferndale-based Affirmations as its Center Partner Committee Chair, where he retains and enlists lapsed supporters and new donors.
For more information about the Ruth Ellis Center, visit http://www.ruthelliscenter.org or its Facebook page.