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Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center Appoints New Executive Director
Originally printed 7/9/2014 (Issue 2226 - Between The Lines News)
KALAMAZOO - After a search that started in March, the KGLRC has chosen a new Executive Director to lead the center forward. Jay Maddock, the former Program Director of the KGLRC has been appointed as the organization's new Executive Director, effective immediately.
Maddock has been serving the KGLRC as program director since Oct. 2012 where he led programmatic initiatives such as LGBT inclusivity training to services for aging LGBT populations and the Triangle Mentorship Program.
"I'm honored that the Board of Directors has given me this opportunity to lead the KGLRC into its exciting next chapter," Maddock said. "The Resource Center has a long and rich history of providing essential programming and services to the LGBT community of Greater Kalamazoo, and I'm very excited to lead our efforts to ensure people love who they are. The KGLRC board, staff, and volunteers are a group of talented and dedicated individuals who do amazing work every day. I know, together, we are going to continue to accomplish great things and make positive impacts for all LGBT individuals and families in the Greater Kalamazoo area."
Maddock has been a Kalamazoo resident for ten years, previously living in Ann Arbor and California. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Social Work. In Kalamazoo, Maddock has worked with a number of non-profits including the Great Lakes PeaceJam and Planned Parenthood Mid South Michigan.
The KLGRC Board will work closely with Maddock to work on an emerging job training program, designed to introduce employers and employees to the unique skills of the LGBT community though Southwest Michigan; work for new innovations with the youth support group, Connections; and with collaborative work to provide LGBT inclusive care to seniors.Learn more about the KGLRC at their website http://www.kglrc.org.
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