Welcome Shirley Pittz, YWCA Alaska Interim CEO

Posted on: January 12th, 2018 by Amanda Laird | No Comments

Letter from YWCA Alaska Board President, Renea Saade, and President Elect, Samantha Cherot

YWCA Alaska is thrilled to introduce our new Interim CEO, Shirley Pittz. Shirley comes to YWCA Alaska with over 15 years experience developing and managing innovative programs serving special populations including children, women, and low-income families. Her experience includes managing significant budgets and a large staff at various organizations. She has expertise in crucial areas including early childhood development programs and systems through her prior work for the State as the Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Program Officer and with Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. She currently has her own private consulting business, which will allow her to serve as our interim CEO until we find the right candidate for the permanent position.

CEO Hilary Morgan’s last day with YWCA Alaska is January 26, 2018. She leaves a strong and vibrant organization to pass on to our next CEO. We are very sad to see her leave, but extremely grateful for the dedication, passion and competence she has shown over the past seven years in shaping YWCA Alaska into the thriving organization it is today. If you have a moment, please join us in thanking her for her tremendous contributions to the YWCA Alaska before she leaves. She can be reached directly at hmorgan@ywcaak.org or 907-644-9601.

In February 2018, Samantha Cherot will begin her term as the Board of Directors President for YWCA Alaska.  Her passion and support for YWCA Alaska is long standing. She has practiced law in the private and public sector, and for several years has served low-income individuals and families facing complex challenges in our community and throughout Alaska. Although terming out of the role of President after two years of service in the position, Renea Saade will continue to remain on the Board through June 2018. She will also continue to remain a member of certain committees, including the committee leading our CEO recruitment and hiring efforts.

We thank you for your continued support of YWCA Alaska and its critical mission to eliminate racism and empower women through its programs. As we seek the ideal candidate for the permanent CEO position, we appreciate your assistance with spreading the word regarding the open position. The job description and other relevant information is found HERE.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding these changes in the organization’s leadership and/or if you would like to become more involved in the YWCA Alaska, please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us.  We may be reached at reneasaade@yahoo.com and 907-903-9356 or samcherot@yahoo.com and 415-601-0162.


Renea Saade                                          Samantha Cherot

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