It is with mixed emotions that I announce that our Executive Director, Cherise Bell, has decided to leave the King William Association to take on a new position where she will continue her passion for preservation and restoration.
Cherise was the KWA’s first ED when she was hired in May 2012. She has done a remarkable job over the last five years taking a wholly volunteer organization and transforming it into a truly professionally-run nonprofit. She professionalized the organization’s procedures, operations, membership interaction, and community and government relations.
Cherise’s accomplishments are many and include:
- Implementation of policies required by the IRS
- Institution of a financial audit program
- Bringing KWA finances up to General Accepted Accounting Principles
- Development of a “noise restriction” ordinance which was adopted by the City
- Helping to secure grants for walking tour brochures, wayfinding signs and the publication of the updated Burkholder book
- Working with the City to establish the sidewalk cost-sharing program
- Board development
- Development of the member portal on the KWA website to increase communication and transparency
- Accomplishment of most of the goals in the KWA strategic plan
These and her other contributions have been recognized by the broader community when King William won Centro’s BEST awards in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and again this year.
On a personal note, I will truly miss Cherise, her deep understanding of the issues and stakeholder concerns, and, most importantly, her leadership and guidance. I believe the current and past board members and presidents who had the opportunity to work with Cherise would agree that she will be truly missed.
On behalf of the KWA and its members, we wish Cherise the best of luck in her new endeavors!
We have started our search for a new executive director and will keep you posted on our progress.