CWHC Director Stepping Down this Summer

Posted on February 1

Dear CWHC Community,

It is with tremendous gratitude that I am writing you today. Thank you for your support of Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC) and for your commitment to our mission. Your ongoing partnership is invaluable to strengthening our capacity to ensure that access to quality health care is a right, not a privilege.

On behalf of CWHC’s Board of Directors and staff, I am writing to let you know that, after five years of strong leadership and visioning, Ali McDonald will be stepping down as Director in July of 2012. This fall, Ali will begin a Master of Business Administration graduate program. CWHC is committed to conducting a thorough and thoughtful search for a new Director; a search committee comprised of staff and board members was formed in December to coordinate the process. The position will be posted by the end of January and the new Director will begin in June. A planned overlap of one and a half months between the new Director and Ali will afford training and orientation, ensuring a smooth transition.

We are grateful for the dedication and commitment Ali has shown at the Health Center. Under Ali’s leadership, CWHC has experienced growth unprecedented in the organization’s 36-year history. Programming initiatives like the Trans Greater Access Project have increased CWHC’s reach into diverse Chicago communities and administrative developments such as the growth of our Board of Directors have strengthened CWHC’s organizational infrastructure.

“I have been so very proud to work alongside such inspiring group of staff and volunteers. This job has inspired, challenged and helped me grow in so many ways. I will be cheering CWHC on as they continue in this exciting period of transition and all the opportunities that lay ahead,” says McDonald.

As we wish Ali every great success in future endeavors, we look forward to the exciting changes this year will bring for CWHC, both with a new Director and a new home. Both Ali and I are available to discuss this transition and answer questions you may have about this process. Thank you again for your steadfast support.

In peace & health,

Alicia Oeser, Board Chair

Ali McDonald, Director