A Statement from the Board of Directors

Hello CORA Friends, Partners and Supporters,

Many of you have read the letter from Executive Director Melissa Lukin announcing her resignation. We are deeply grateful for Melissa’s leadership during the past 15 years. As her letter recounted, the agency has grown to become one of the leading domestic violence agencies in California. We are in excellent financial shape, have a strong team of dedicated staff, and offer respected, client-centered programs. CORA also benefits tremendously from vital community partnerships with stakeholders like you.

The CORA Board and Staff want to assure you there will be absolutely no interruption in CORA’s services to our community. Mary Vradelis will be assuming the role of Interim Executive Director on February 5th. Mary is an experienced nonprofit executive who specializes in providing precisely this kind of interim leadership to social service agencies in the Bay Area. The Board is in regular communication with CORA staff and we are firmly committed to providing them the resources and support they need.

We believe that this moment is an important opportunity for CORA’s next stage of growth. We are in the final stages of selecting an executive search firm to hire our next Executive Director. We recently developed a long-term strategic plan that will inform this search process. As a Board, we are receiving regular guidance from Consulting Within Reach – a leading nonprofit consulting firm in the Bay Area. We all feel a great deal of confidence in our current path and excitement for our future.

CORA’s successes made under Melissa’s tenure were only possible because of close partnerships with people like you. Our future successes will depend on your ongoing support. We are confident in our Interim Director, our Staff and the Board’s unwavering dedication.

With deep appreciation,

The CORA Board of Directors

Rosemary Mayer Hintz, Board Chair
Chris Lowell, Board Treasurer
Ally Nuschy, Secretary
Rachel Kim, Board Development
Carelle Karimimanesh, Board Development
Gabriel Brown
Jennifer Kong
Nick Jaeger
Bill Demas
Judith Duval
Kevin Imboden