BY BTL STAFF
The Ozone House in Ann Arbor has appointed Krista Girty as new executive director of the community organization that supports youth across Washtenaw County.
Girty will start her new role on Nov. 1, replacing Katie Doyle, who has accepted a position as clinical assistant professor at University of Michigan’s School of Social Work after 17 years with Ozone House.
“We are gratified that Katie will be taking what she has learned at Ozone House a bit further upstream to support Master of Social Work students before they enter the field,” said Soni Mithani, president of the Ozone House Board of Directors, in a statement.
In early 2000, Girty worked at Ozone House as a case manager, creating programs like SOLO (Supported Opportunities for Living on your Own) and revamping established programs like PrideZone.
Ozone House, created in 1969, has intervention and prevention services along with programming that offers counseling, emergency services, housing, job training, educational support, LGBTQ+ services and substance abuse support.
Girty brings years of experience to her new role as executive director, the Ozone House said, with two decades of working in youth advocacy, homeless youth services and stabilization programs.
Girty has worked for entities such as the Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network in Florida, Larkin Street Youth Services and Huckleberry House in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Covenant House’s Northern California Operations.
Girty’s commitment to youth is what makes her the perfect executive director of the Ozone House, Mithani said in a statement.
“We are looking forward to introducing Krista to our community and the youth we serve, and to working with Krista on tackling, curbing, and dare I say, ending youth homelessness in our neighborhoods over the coming years,” said Mithani.