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Former President/CEO to Lead Utah Department of Human Services

Monday, September 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matt Mullenix
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 23, 2013  

Contact: Matt Mullenix, LANO Vice President: matthewmullenix@lano.org

BATON ROUGE—After four years as President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Ann S. Williamson has accepted an opportunity to serve Utah Governor Gary Herbert as Executive Director of Human Services, a cabinet-level position.

Williamson's public service prior to joining LANO included top-level positions in Louisiana's state social services agency under three consecutive administrations. As head of LANO, she steered the nonprofit and its members through a transformational period in which the organization expanded service and statewide membership in an environment of shrinking resources.

In a statement, Williamson acknowledged the dedication and hard work of the LANO staff, past and present, and the encouraging leadership of the Board of Directors through a period of extreme challenge for Louisiana's philanthropic sector.

Working together, LANO's staff and Board repositioned the association to offer more services and higher-impact results to a wider constituency that now includes Louisiana businesses, government agencies, educational institutions and thousands of service-minded citizens.

As a growing multi-sector community of over 12,000, LANO's statewide network improves local nonprofit service through the association's training and consulting resources, partnership development opportunities and shared communication tools.

"My years with LANO have been enriching, and the honor of advancing our mission will forever inspire my longtime commitment to community work,” said Williamson. "I hope and expect the collaborative spirit now driving LANO will continue to grow as a service to the people of Louisiana."

Williamson described leading Utah's Department of Human Services as an opportunity to apply the skills and experience she's gained at LANO and in similar public service roles with the State of Louisiana. "It is the kind of work, with the resources and scope, that best suits my abilities. I believe this is the right move for my family and me,” she wrote.

Board Chairman Tony Frey said, "We thank Ann for her exceptional service and wish her well in her next endeavor.”

LANO's Board has named current Vice President Matt Mullenix to serve as Interim CEO after Williamson's departure and will turn its immediate attention to identifying the organization's next permanent leader. Williamson will assist in the transition and continue her service as CEO through October 20.

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