Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound Names Alonda Williams as New President & Chief Executive Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound (BBBSPS) have named Alonda Williams as their new President and CEO, beginning a new chapter in the transformative work they do in their community.
A former Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, Alonda brings first-hand experience to the position. Her strong personal commitment to youth development makes her a natural fit for the role.
Alonda was chosen because she is passionate about service and making a difference in her community by lifting up today’s youth. Her empowering perspective and personal drive will be a huge asset to BBBSPS as she works to help the next generation reach their full potential.
Caitlin Pontrella joins us with significant nonprofit leadership experience across a wide array of organizations, including serving as Executive Director, Interim Executive Director, Interim Development Director, and Board President. She has been involved with organizations going through the startup phase, experiencing rapid growth, weathering crisis, navigating a leadership transition, and numerous other types of transformations. As such, Caitlin has the kind of varied experience that can benefit a variety of nonprofits in her community.
She has first-hand experience with board governance, organizational development, budget creation, financial management, and fundraising. Her expertise is in creating inclusive and emotionally intelligent environments to empower all individuals while incorporating her fun-loving spirit.
Jenny Pratt has almost two decades of nonprofit leadership experience, serving as the Executive Director/CEO of YWCA North Central Washington. Her contributions include developing and supporting programs ranging from after school programs to homeless housing programs for low-income women and girls. Whether developing an equity-based STEM curriculum or managing an emergency shelter, Jenny focused on empowering women of all ages to help them live better lives. Aligning with the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism, empower women, foster peace, advocate for justice, promote freedom, and restore dignity, Jenny has worked tirelessly to help women of all backgrounds.
Seattle Against Slavery is excited to announce Crystal Rozelle-Bennett as its new Executive Director. Under the direction of the SAS Board of Directors and with input from SAS leadership and the assistance of Valtas, Crystal’s hiring concludes a months-long effort to find the best match to lead the nationally and regionally recognized progressive anti-trafficking organization.
Crystal brings over two decades of experience to Seattle Against Slavery. For the past 25 years Crystal has been driven by her personal experiences of trauma to educate, advocate, and amplify the voices of individuals and communities in order to promote healing and opportunities to move from surviving to thriving.
Valtas Group is pleased to announce that Arthur Padilla has joined our Consulting Team.
Arthur is a proven leader and a community impact specialist. He has worked on initiatives to reduce HIV infection rates in Southern Arizona, oppression of LBGTQ youth in Washington DC, and drug addiction in Seattle. Arthur has also lent his professional expertise to provide community therapy in Northern New Mexico for those dealing with mental health issues.
Audere is pleased to announce the appointment of their new CEO – Dr. Dino Rech. He replaces Philip Su, Audere’s Founder, who will remain as an advisor to the organization.
Dr. Rech will lead the organization while reporting directly to the Board of Directors. As the lead executive, Dr. Rech will be responsible for driving the company’s vision and strategy forward.
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