After more than 10 years working in a variety of capacities at WISH, including seven years as Executive Director, Naomi J. Michalsen has resigned to focus on her family and to have more time to pursue her other interests.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to work at WISH and to be part of its growth and development,” Michalsen said, “but I realized that it is time to put my focus more on my family and to develop other areas of my life.”
Michalsen, who has also served as the women’s volleyball coach at Ketchikan High School for many years, was recently nominated to serve on the SAMHSA Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Center For Excellence American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Community Experts Panel. She also plans to pursue her interest in preserving knowledge of the use of traditional Native foods and medicines.
Michalsen said that she always will stay involved in the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. “I remain totally committed to the vision and mission of WISH,” she said, “but will be working on other aspects of these issues.”
“Naomi has helped lead WISH into a much stronger organization,” said WISH
Board Chair Barbara Morgan. “Her leadership and vision will be missed. The Board is grateful for the time she has given us and the commitment she also made to help the organization transition to new leadership.”
“Ketchikan and WISH are better off became of all the hard work and effort put in by Naomi,” said Sonya Skan, WISH Board Vice Chair. “We know that WISH is at good time and place for new leadership to take over.”
WISH is currently advertising for a new Executive Director and Michalsen will remain in her position through the end of October to assist with the transition process.
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