Thursday, July 29, 2010

Congratulations Karen!

Congratulations, Karen (Beta Eta, FSU), on your new job with Springtime Tallahassee! (see some of our other Alpha Chi Omega connections to this great community event in our post from March 22, 2010 here).

Springtime Tallahassee names Karen Ellis its new executive director

Springtime Tallahassee is welcoming Karen Ellis as its new executive director.
"I feel she has the capability, enthusiasm and qualifications to take it to a new level," said Elle Mick, Springtime Tallahassee general chairwoman.
Ellis, the former March of Dimes community director, will officially start Aug. 4. Springtime Tallahassee is an annual festival that attracts more than 100,000 people for its parade, arts-and-crafts displays and festivities.
Ellis explained that after her husband, Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democratsenior sports writer, died in November, she knew she needed to make a job change, but felt a little hesitant.
"I wasn't sure if it was going to be the right move for me," she said. "It was a difficult decision to make because I was in my comfort zone with the March of Dimes. And they were there for me when Steve passed. But I put my emotions aside, and I'm coming out of my comfort zone."
Ellis will be replacing Jennifer Naff, whose last day was July 16. With the local March of Dimes, Ellis organized community fundraising events.
"I loved what I did, raising money to save babies," she said. "I loved being in the community and working with the volunteers, which is something I'll still be able to do with Springtime Tallahassee."
Ellis said she plans on improving the branding of the longtime community event, ensuring that the community "understands that the annual event is organized by dedicated volunteers that work all year to bring the festival to the community."

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