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Dear Friends of Cornerstone Advocacy Service,
It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you that Susan Neis, Cornerstone’s Executive Director of 29 years, has decided to retire at the end of 2014.
Susan’s genuine commitment to those affected by domestic violence has resulted in nearly three decades of progressive programmatic growth. Under her leadership, Cornerstone has developed a reputation for being an innovator in the field while following best practice standards in service delivery and organizational oversight.
Susan has steered the agency from two part-time and two full-time employees serving 386 unduplicated adults in 1986 to 61 employees serving 3,493 clients in 2013. During her successful career, Cornerstone has celebrated numerous milestones that have advanced the agency to become the victim-centered service provider it is today. Her vision and passion for preventing domestic abuse has led Cornerstone to open the first transitional housing program for battered women and their children in 1989, as well as the first comprehensive program for children in 1992.
It is a true reflection of her successful tenure that Cornerstone is in a strong position to take the next step. Please join me in thanking Susan for her leadership and dedication to Cornerstone’s mission.
Cornerstone’s Board of Directors is committed to continuing the tradition of providing accessible and effective services for those who have been impacted by domestic violence. A professional succession planning team is in place to ensure a smooth transition. As we approach the end of the year, we will let you know of Cornerstone’s plans to officially recognize and thank Susan Neis and to welcome our new leader.
Thank you for your support of Cornerstone,
Dick Strassburg, Board Chair