On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am overjoyed to announce that Maricela Rios-Faust has been named Chief Executive Officer of Human Options, effective February 1, 2016. With the planned retirement of Founding CEO Vivian Clecak announced last fall, the Board conducted a comprehensive national search over the last several months, with assistance from transition consulting partner, CompassPoint.
Through this process, Maricela rose above other candidates in terms of her passion for our work, industry knowledge and the respect she commands as a leader in domestic violence prevention and treatment. As Associate Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer at Human Options since 2007, she has built meaningful collaborations that have expanded our programs and increased our impact in the community. Maricela brings strong strategic leadership, nonprofit management and fundraising skills and we are delighted that she will be our leader for the next generation.
Please be sure to join us as we celebrate and honor Vivian’s retirement at our Serious Fun Gala on May 14, 2016 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. You can read a special farewell message from Vivian here. For more information about honoring Vivian’s legacy or joining us at Serious Fun, please contact Nora Caldwell at 949-737-5242, extension 211.
We look forward to keeping you informed and engaged as we embark on the next exciting chapter of Human Options. It is the support of our friends like you who allow us to change lives and work towards breaking the cycle of domestic violence. We are deeply grateful for your continued support.