Dear Friends of Vetri Community Partnership:
First, I hope that you, your family and loved ones are safe and coping as well as possible during these very turbulent times.
After five exciting years, the time has come for me to announce my firm departure date from Vetri Community Partnership. My original plan that was announced in February was to depart this spring. Once the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our world, the timeline shifted so that I could help the organization navigate through these unchartered waters. With our staff working tirelessly to pivot to virtual platforms and our financial position strong, the time has come for me to move on and my last day will be July 1, 2020.
Leading Vetri Community Partnership has been an incredible journey and I am so proud of everything we have accomplished together. Since joining VCP in October of 2015, we successfully developed and launched three new school- and community-based programs and have provided high-quality nutrition education in over 75 sites, with over 20,000 children and adults participating each year. Our team outgrew our small office in the Navy Yard and flourished into a staff of more than 50 full- and part-timers, each sharing a common passion and love for the work that we do.
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has promoted Maddy Booth, currently VCP’s Education Program Director, to Chief Operating Officer. Additionally, Maddy will serve as the interim CEO until a permanent CEO is hired. Maddy brings an incredible amount of knowledge and passion to this mission and has been instrumental to VCP’s growth. I am confident that she will be a key part of the future leadership team that will take the organization to the next level. The Board of Directors has an active search in place for a permanent CEO, and expects to have the new leader hired sometime this fall.
To the staff and Board—your passion and commitment to our mission is unparalleled and I am so appreciative of each of you. To our donors and volunteers, we could not have accomplished any of this without your support. You have all made VCP the strong and vibrant organization that it is today.
Thank you for the opportunity you gave me to lead Vetri Community Partnership these past five years. I wish you all much success going forward. I know VCP is destined for great things!
Marlene L. Olshan