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New Opportunities and New CEO Kick off 2012 at Bridge Communities

January 20, 2012
John Hayner, Bridge Communities' new CEO

Bridge Communities' new CEO, John Hayner

John Hayner has been hired as Bridge Communities’ new Chief Executive Officer, a shift that moves Bridge forward into a new era of growth and leadership as Bridge transitions into the future.

As CEO, John will be responsible for Bridge’s day to day operations, long-term strategic and organizational planning, and Board communications.  He’ll will work closely with and learn from Bridge’s Co-Founder Mark Milligan and Bridge’s Executive Director of Program Joyce Hothan.  Mark and Joyce will remain actively involved in the leadership of Bridge Communities, and the rest of the staff remains unchanged.

Here’s some perspective from Bridge Communities Board Chairman Tim Boyd:  “Bridge has ambitious goals and plans for the coming years and we are confident that John, in partnership with Mark Milligan and Joyce Hothan, will meet and exceed our expectations.  John joins Bridge Communities at a time of substantial community need, as so many DuPage County families struggle to find and maintain affordable housing.  John’s leadership will strengthen an already highly skilled team of professional staff and volunteers.  Bridge will continue to provide the largest and most effective transitional housing program in DuPage County.”

And in John’s own words:  “I’ve always admired Bridge Communities’ dedication to helping homeless families transition to self-sufficiency and Bridge’s long-standing reputation in DuPage County and beyond.  Bridge’s broad-based community support, legions of volunteers for mentoring and tutoring, committed board of directors, and superb staff would be the envy of any human services organization.  I am pleased to be coming in to see to the continuation of the great legacy established by Mark, Bob, and Joyce.”

John is a long-time Glen Ellyn resident with a deep background in financial and operations management, entrepreneurship, and non-profit management.  He was an active volunteer and board member with Anima Young Singers and Teen-Parent Connection.  He completed a master’s degree at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in 2005, where he continues as Adjunct Faculty.  Most recently, John served as Chief Operating Officer of Perspectives Charter School in Chicago.

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