YWCA CEO to retire in 2014

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Updated: 12/09/2013 4:07 pm Published: 12/09/2013 4:05 pm

YWCA Tulsa Chief Executive Officer Felicia Collins Correia announced she will retire in July 2014.

Correia has been with YWCA for over seven years. She is working in partnership with the Board of Directors and search committee to identify her successor.

"I am proud to have been a part of the important work of the YWCA and all that we have done to improve the lives of the marginalized in our community," Correia said. "The YWCA has a strong board and talented senior leadership team. I know I am leaving the organization in incredibly capable hands."

The Board of Directors assembled a special search committee to direct the process. The committee is chaired by Shelly Holden, Secretary of the Board, and includes Board President Janet McGehee, President-Elect Carmela Hill, Board Member Heidi Hartman, and community members Vince LoVoi, Ellen Ralph, and Bob Hulsey. The search committee is working with DRi, an executive search firm based in Washington D.C. specializing in identifying non-profit executive leadership from around the country.

Committee Chair Shelly Holden stated, "As a committee and board we are focused on identifying the next dynamic leader for YWCA Tulsa - someone who will have the passion and skills needed to build on Felicia's work in order to lead the organization into its second century of service." Holden added, "We also hope to use the opportunity to celebrate the many contributions that Felicia has made over her career, not only to the YWCA, but to the community of Tulsa."

Correia began her tenure at the YWCA in 2006 after serving as the Executive Director of Domestic Violence Intervention Services for 18 years. She plans to explore non-profit consulting work in addition to realizing her dream of becoming a personal fitness trainer. "I feel thankful to be at this point in my life, young enough to shape a second future for myself and fortunate for the 25 years of leading two non-profit organizations in Tulsa," Correia stated. "I have made many friends at the YWCA and will miss the support of such strong women where we work on a daily basis to fight for inclusion and empowerment in our community."

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