Kulinski resigns from Boys & Girls Club of Janesville

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Shelly Birkelo
Thursday, August 28, 2014

JANESVILLE—The Boys & Girls Club of Janesville is accepting resumes for a full-time executive director.

Carrie Kulinski, executive director since January 2012, is leaving Friday, Sept. 5.

She is returning to the Janesville School District as homeless liaison. Her office will be at the Rock River Charter School, she said.

“Too all my school district friends: Have a great school year and thanks for saving my seat while I was gone … see you soon!” she posted Tuesday on her Facebook page.

“We are blessed to have you back,” Karen Schulte, superintendent, wrote in a Kulinski Facebook posting.

Kulinski previously worked at the school district as alcohol tobacco and other drug abuse coordinator and administrator of the Community Recovery Education and Service Academy, a small school for high school students returning to school after completing their drug and alcohol treatment.

Kulinski wrote about her impending Boys & Girls Club departure in an Aug. 23 Facebook posting:

“As a spiritual person, I have always believed that I need to live a life where my spirit is focused on caring for and helping people. The last year, I have felt like my spirit has been more focused on getting money, competing and seeing people for what they can do for me instead of what I can do for them.

"This is not me, and I have been very unhappy. For that reason, I have chosen to make some changes in my life, to embrace my true calling, to do work that sparks my inner light so I can illuminate the world," she wrote.

In an interview with The Gazette, Kulinski confirmed her Facebook postings but declined to comment further.

Her first day back at the school district is Monday, Sept. 8. The 2014-15 school year starts Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The new leader of the Boys & Girls Club will be responsible for the planning and operation of the organization, according to a Facebook nonprofits job posting.

Angel Tullar, board president for the Boys & Girls Club, said the organization is in a “great place,” and finances are in the best shape she's seen in her six years on the board.

“She really did a fabulous job,” Tullar said about Kulinski. “She's just wanting to go back to her other career. She really missed working one-on-one with kids and families.”

The club's six-person hiring team hopes to have its next executive director on board by the end of October, Tullar said.

Program director Becky Buchanan and office manager Tracy Schroeder will take on Kulinski's duties in her absence, she said.

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