Dear Love Heals Supporters,
I am writing to let you know that, after 15 rewarding years, I will be stepping down as Executive Director of Love Heals on August 22nd. It has been an honor to carry on Alison Gertz’s legacy by spreading the message that none of us are immune to HIV.
While I am leaving Love Heals, I won’t be going far. As many of you know, a few years ago I decided to turn my fascination with food into a vocation and began pursuing a Master’s Degree in Food Studies at New York University. Just after Labor Day I will step into the role of Executive Director at Just Food, which works with community leaders to make healthy, local food available, especially in underserved New York City neighborhoods.
I am deeply grateful for the support that our donors, board, staff, HIV-positive speakers, health educators and community partners have provided throughout my tenure. Together, we have grown Love Heals into the leading provider of HIV/AIDS education in the New York City public schools, directly educating more than 55,000 young people, parents, guardians, educators and community leaders each year.
I will miss Love Heals and everyone involved dearly. But, just as this transition is an opportunity for my own development, it will open up new horizons for Love Heals. Board members and staff are hard at work preparing for a smooth transition in leadership. The Support Center for Nonprofit Management is assisting in the hiring of an Interim Executive Director, who we anticipate will be in place in time for my departure. Community Resource Exchange, with whom Love Heals has a longstanding relationship, will continue to support staff and board members throughout the transition and will facilitate the search for my successor. (Keep an eye out for the job announcement in early fall.) Love Heals’ next Executive Director will inherit a strong, mission-drive staff; a deeply committed Board of Directors; and a strategic plan that articulates an institute-wide vision for the future.
As Love Heals approaches its 25th anniversary, I thank you for your support and encourage you to continue partnering with us in protecting the next generation of New Yorkers.
All the best,