Well it certainly has been a busy few months at Inside/Out Youth Services. We have had several changes in the leadership of the organization – and frankly we have not been keeping up with our supporters in a way that you deserve – nor in the way we like to do.
So first of all as the board president, I would like to personally apologize to you for not reaching out to keep you informed of what’s been happening. That was not my intent and I really do not have many excuses other than I dropped the ball. I hope you will accept my sincere apology and also my commitment to work harder at improving communications with our supporters, the executive director, the facilitators, youth and the board of directors.
Eric Pizana tendered his resignation in April and finished up his time here at the end of June. We were all deeply saddened to see Eric leave Inside/Out. He has been a consistent presence and amazing advocate for the youth of Inside/Out for many years. The youth hosted a going away party for Eric in late June just before he started a new position as Volunteer Services and Community Outreach Director with Care and Share. We sincerely wish him well in his new role.
With this news, the board of directors took on the task of searching for a new executive director. That search process took place during the latter part of May and well into June. While the process was not always as smooth as we would have liked it to be – the board of directors felt that focusing on hiring a new executive director, and to do so as soon as possible, was important to the smooth running of Inside/Out – especially for the youth.
Our New Executive Director
Mary G. Malia was hired and began work at Inside/Out in early July. Mary’s experience as a proven fundraiser, executive director of two national youth focused organizations, and leadership and organizational development consultant both in the nonprofit world and the business sector made her the unanimous choice of the board to be the new executive director. She has spent a good deal of time getting to know the board, getting to know the facilitators, and most importantly getting to know the youth. She has brought in some new and exciting ideas for youth programs and is working with the board to plan fundraising activities to ensure Inside/Out’s continued support of LGBTIQ youth in the Pikes Peak region.
Come Meet Mary at Our Open House
Thursday, September 10th from 5:30 to 7:00pm
412 South Tejon St., Colorado Springs
And Save The Date: As you have a chance to tour the space and say hello to Mary and the board, we also want to to share with you about our upcoming Ally Up Breakfast on November 5, 2015 at Hotel Elegante plus the calendar of fundraising and friend raising activities Mary is planning to help Inside Out celebrate 25 years of serving LGBTIQ youth.
I am grateful for your support of the work of Inside/Out. Whether by attending the breakfast in the past, volunteering as table captains, through your generous donations, by volunteering to work with youth or simply as a vocal advocate for LGBTQI youth in the community, please know we value your time and commitment. Your support and presence is a powerful statement to the Colorado Springs community and to the LGBTQI youth who are part of Inside/Out.
Mary is delighted to have the opportunity to meet you. If you can’t make it to the open house, please contact her directly to meet one on one. She’s both new to the organization and to Colorado Springs and she wants the chance to learn more about the people and the businesses that support Inside/Out. Call her at 719-328-1056 or email her at [email protected] to set up a time to meet one on one.
We look forward to working together to continue to raise awareness of the inequality that LGBTQI youth experience even in the face of our victory with marriage equality. We also hope you’ll join us in helping to raise the funds necessary to keep Inside/Out as the premier LGBTIQ organization in Southern Colorado.
Thank you again for your continued support of Inside/Out Youth Services. Please come and say hello to Mary, meet others who help support this cause and catch up with the exciting future of Inside/Out!
Anton Schulzki – Inside/Out Board of Directors 2015 President