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Allison Hokinson named YWCA executive director

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
February 19, 2011
— Allison Hokinson's dedication to the YWCA's mission is one of the reasons why board members chose her to be the organization's next leader.

"She is just a very dedicated person, believes strongly in what the YWCA is doing and also is very well-liked in the Rock County area," said Barb Boyd, board president.


Hokinson brings strong communication and grant-writing skills plus a good rapport with YWCA staff and community leaders, she said.


"The more grants we have, the better we can serve our community," Boyd said.


Boyd said Hokinson is well known among YWCA donors.


"That's going to be a tremendous benefit for us. She's going to do an excellent job," she said.


Hokinson was offered the job Thursday.


"I have so much already mentally and emotionally invested in the organization and love what this agency does for this community," she said Friday morning.


"I'm so proud to be part of the YWCA. So if I can help lead us into a new direction, all the better. There is a vision that I want to carry out with staff that I can now make decisions and move on," Hokinson said.


Hokinson was employed by the YWCA from 1999 until 2002 when she became public affairs manager at HospiceCare. She rejoined the YWCA in 2006 as public relations director. She has a degree in English and journalism from the University of Iowa and is involved in a number of community projects.


Hokinson was among about 65 people from across the country who applied for the leadership position at the YWCA.


After a 10-member search committee narrowed the applicants to five, three finalists were picked after interviews.


Hokinson, 45, of Milton, was appointed interim executive director Dec. 3 after executive director Kerri Parker announced in November she was resigning to accept a pastor's job at a McFarland church.


Whether Hokinson's public relations position will be filled has not yet been decided.


"Allsion has some very good ideas as far as possibly changing how the YWCA operates internally and about other different departments we have. She's going to be looking closely at that and making some recommendations to the board," Boyd said.


"We need to look at all our options," she said, "and I think with some of the suggestions, our management team can come up with, we'll be able to do that."



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