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LGBTQ Support Organization Announces Retirement of Executive Director
Posted By Jamie Killin on November 12, 2017
one-n-ten, a nonprofit LGBTQ youth development agency, announced that the organization’s executive director, Linda Elliott, will retire effective January 1, 2018 after six years of agency leadership.
“Linda has been a steady steward of one-n-ten and a visionary leader for what has become one of the preeminent LGBTQ youth development nonprofits in the country,” said one-n-ten board chair Carmen Jandacek. “She has helped professionalize the organization, significantly expand its capacity to serve, and has been a powerful advocate for its mission statewide and beyond. On the solid foundation of Linda’s leadership, we will now begin our search for the next executive to guide the organization forward and continue to support the youth of our community.”
Elliott has been a lifelong advocate for LGBTQ issues as founder of the HRC Arizona steering committee and a board member for the Southwest Center for HIV/Aids.
Since Elliott’s arrival in 20111, one-n-ten added the Q High online high school diploma program, OUTdoors! Camp, the largest LGBTQ camp of its kind, the Promise of a New Day (P.O.N.D.) housing program for homeless youth and the YES program, a life skills and youth employment program.
one-n-ten has also opened six satellite centers across the state, grown its FRESH Brunch fundraising gala and quadrupled its operation budget.
“Of the myriad things we’ve accomplished at one-n-ten over these past six years, two for which I am exceedingly proud are our team and our Board of Directors,” said Elliott. “Our team is resilient, committed, capable and a powerful force for change, service and advocacy for the youth we serve. Our Board has been one of the most engaged and active I’ve experienced. The lives that have been changed — and in some cases — even saved by this remarkable organization are hallmarks of the agency’s work. I’m grateful to have been part of such an extraordinary and accomplished organization.”