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Affirmations to hire interim CEO, begin search for permanent replacement

By |2010-08-09T09:00:00-04:00August 9th, 2010|News|

The Affirmations board of directors announced Sept. 2 that they were reviewing options to hire an interim CEO to replace current CEO Leslie Thompson, who announced her resignation last month. Though originally planning to exit the center by January 2011, the center announced that Thompson would be taking an indefinite medical leave, effective immediately, due to health concerns.
“We want to be proactive in searching for and identifying the next stage of leadership at Affirmations,” said Mary Rose MacMillan, president of the Ferndale LGBT community center’s board of directors. “While also difficult, leadership transition can be a window of opportunity as the organization looks to its future. We want to ensure the organization stays strong through this transition.”
The board is also in the preliminary stages of putting together a search committee that will select the next permanent CEO.
Current CEO Leslie Thompson has served the organization for nearly 11 years. A gathering celebrating her tenure at the center is planned for Oct. 17 at Affirmations.
Current Chief Administrative Officer Kathleen LaTosch has been appointed acting CEO by Affirmations’ board of directors until an interim CEO is identified.
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