Thank you, Friends

By Rob Banaszak on January 30, 2012 in President's Message

Mark IshaugDear Friends:

I am writing to share the bittersweet news that I am leaving AIDS United at the end of February.  I am returning to Chicago full-time, where I will be the CEO of Thresholds, Illinois’s oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of people with severe and persistent mental illness.

The AIDS United Board of Trustees has named Senior Vice President Victor Barnes Interim CEO, and a board search committee will immediately begin the process for selecting a permanent President and CEO.

AIDS United has had an incredible inaugural year, and remains in the strongest possible hands.  Your hands! You are the fabulous trustees, brilliant staff, innovative grantees, resourceful community partners, fierce advocates, generous donors, dedicated supporters, and Team to End AIDS runners who made 2011 year a resounding success.  Your collective good energy, hard work, and commitment will ensure that AIDS United soars in 2012 and beyond.

And, while I will be employed by a non-HIV/AIDS-specific organization for the first time in 25 years, I am certainly not leaving the fight against AIDS.  I never would.  I never could!  I will continue to support AIDS United, and volunteer with the incredible HIV/AIDS organizations in Chicago that I have had the honor to be connected with for many, many years.  I won’t leave the fight until the fight is over.

I want to thank each and every one of you for all you do to bring us closer to a nation without AIDS.

You have inspired me, supported me, challenged me and shown me that an AIDS-free generation is within our reach.  Your vision and your commitment have carried me, will continue to carry AIDS United as it continues in its unwavering commitment to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States.  It truly is in your hands!

In awe and admiration, and with love and deep thanks,

Team To End AIDS Logo

Mark Ishaug

President & CEO

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