presenting at walnut avenue 2015 open house

Executive Director Welcome!

FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Thank you for your interest in Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center! I am deeply grateful to the many loyal donors and community partners who share our dedication to providing services and opportunities so that the Santa Cruz community thrives.  This past year focused a great deal of observing, assessing, and relationship building. I have enjoyed getting to know the broad spectrum of services provided by Walnut Avenue and the committed and skilled staff members who make it all happen. It has also been a pleasure exploring the many partnerships that help create a web of care for our program participants.

Among my tasks this year, I intentionally prioritized quality management and have been working with staff to assess current practices and adapt procedures when appropriate to increase efficiency and effectiveness. With the help of the Board of Directors and various consultants and community partners, we have a solid plan in place to ensure the financial stability and sustainability of the organization for many years to come. This includes our new Endowment Fund and the kick off of a ‘Friends of Walnut Avenue’ group to support development endeavors. Another exciting highlight this past year was a generous donation to upgrade our technology systems. The Board and I have outlined strategic plans to guide us in the year to come. With solid board committees in place to support me in the areas of Finance, Communications, Operations, Development, and a Board Advisory group, I am confident that Walnut Avenue will continue to grow even stronger and reach even more of those in need of our services. I plan to prioritize staff and program development, assessment of best practices in our fields of expertise, and developing systems that acknowledge and keep us connected with donors and volunteers. We also look forward to the flourishing of Shannon Collin’s Memorial Garden and the possibilities involving the community and Walnut Avenue programs engaging with the garden. As always, I personally invite any feedback or questions about how you can become involved with the organization.

- Julie P. Macecevic, Ph.D.