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The President’s Corner: Michael Weinholtz

15 April 2016 Published in The ACLU of Utah Activist

Mike Weinholtz headshot casual 2014 copyThis article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2016 Spring Newsletter >>

Dear ACLU of Utah supporters:

Greetings! My name is Michael Weinholtz and I am honored to serve as the board president of the ACLU of Utah. I assumed this role in January, after serving on the board of directors for two years. I am the former CEO and current Chairman of CHG Healthcare Services. CHG is the largest physician-staffing company in the United States, but is equally known as a business that focuses on making a positive difference in the world through community service, medical missions, and philanthropy. My family and I moved to Salt Lake City for this business opportunity with CHG nearly 20 years ago; and we have fondly called Utah home ever since. My wife, Donna, and I are long-time members of the ACLU and committed advocates for civil rights and liberties. 

As someone who has led teams and organizations for over 30 years, I have been extremely impressed and inspired by the job that Karen McCreary, our executive director, has done in building an outstanding staff and affiliate. Over the last ten years, Karen has raised the profile of the ACLU of Utah with her tireless efforts to build community partnerships and aggressively defend civil liberties. Not only has the ACLU of Utah had numerous landmark victories under Karen’s leadership, it has also become one of the most respected community organizations in our state. 

As you now know, Karen will be retiring later this summer. While she will leave very big shoes to fill, the strength of the affiliate she leaves behind will ensure its sustainability. The strong board of directors she attracted, the outstanding staff she assembled, and the wide-ranging community partnerships she developed will be key in continuing Karen’s remarkable legacy. Theses things will also be helpful in attracting an extraordinary individual to be our next executive director, as any executive would be privileged to step into a leadership role with such a well-run, highly-regarded, successful organization. Please know that our outstanding board of directors and E.D. search committee are dedicated to finding the best executive director to lead us forward into the future. Our next E.D. will benefit greatly from the strong foundation that Karen and her excellent staff have established. We will keep you updated on our search, but for now, I can only thank Karen for the nine years she has spent making the world a better place with her passionate commitment to civil liberties and community building. Karen -- thank you for your friendship, your leadership, and your inspiring example. We will miss you, but your legacy and the positive impact you have had on so many people will live on!    

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