|FASGMN Executive Director Transition|
In March we announced that FASGMN's executive director role would be going through an important transition. (read that first message here). Wendy’s last day will be May 18.
Read messages below from outgoing director, Wendy Wessel, the Board Chairperson, Jeff Vinocur, and the new Executive Director, Rebecca Ayaz.
A word from the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Jeffrey Vinocur, MD:Given the amazing vision and passion that our founder, Wendy Wessel, brought to the position of Executive Director, it was hard to imagine how we would find someone to succeed her. But after careful consideration of many promising candidates, we knew we had found just the right person.
On behalf of FASGMN’s Board of Directors, I am delighted to introduce Rebecca Ayaz, M.P.A., as our new Executive Director. Rebecca’s formal training and extensive real-world experience from the non-profit sector will be immensely valuable to our organization. We are confident she will help us fine-tune and expand our many existing programs, develop new ones, and increase our capacity so we can help even more families affected by food allergies.
An introductory message from new Executive Director, Rebecca Ayaz:
I am excited and honored to join your organization as the new Executive Director. I know I have big shoes to fill and I will strive to deliver the guidance, support and dedication that Wendy provided over the last nine years. I will undoubtedly rely heavily on her expertise during this transition.
Most recently I completed a master's degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Global Health Policy from the University of Minnesota. Previous to this experience, I spent ten years working for nonprofits in several capacities. Specifically, I was employed as a development director for a health-related charity and as a program director for a youth development organization. I hope to utilize the leadership, fundraising and analytical skills I've acquired to help guide FASGMN through this exciting period of growth.
On a personal note, I was diagnosed with a peanut allergy in 2004. I value the opportunity to be a part of your community both personally and professionally and I am looking forward to working with this organization's amazing staff and volunteers to support families in Minnesota affected by food allergies.
Contact Rebecca Ayaz:
Come and meet Rebecca before the support group meeting on Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:30-7:00 pm. The meet and greet time will be at the Crystal Community Center, 4800 Douglas Drive, in Crystal, Minnesota. An open discussion support meeting begins at 7:00 pm.