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From the Desk of CEO / Executive Director Letesha Nelson

Letesha Nelson joined the Goodman Community Center as its CEO and Executive Director on Jan. 25, 2021. Letesha brings with her extensive experience in the nonprofit world, as well as a genuine and compassionate spirit. We couldn't be more excited to have her in our family.

This page will serve as a digital home for Letesha's latest letter to the community, a well as features that offer a glimpse into GCC's newest leader. Check back every other week for a new letter, or subscribe to GCC emails to get the letters right in your inbox.

May 13, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors,


There is an energy in the air at the Goodman Center these days, and I have to tell you: I like it! Our programs are busy prepping activities for kids and getting ready for summer. Events are returning to our beautiful rooms. And it feels like the bustle that I’ve heard so much about is coming back to the GCC halls.

And, add to all that: we’re working on hosting more COVID-19 vaccine clinics.

On Wednesday, we hosted our second clinic, and Dr. Eva Vivian, president of the African American Health Network and professor in the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy, spent the evening talking to people about the vaccines – answering questions and helping people make an informed decision about what’s right for them. It was inspiring to see her at work. This Saturday, she’ll be back doing it again as we host our third clinic, and we could really use your help in spreading the word. (More info below.)

It’s so important that we come together to protect ourselves and our community, and I’m proud that the Goodman Center has played a part in that. I'm filled with hope and anticipation for the day when we can fully open our doors to the public once again. I can’t wait to experience first-hand the energy that flows through this place.

Take care,

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Letesha Nelson
CEO & Executive Director

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Community Chats with Letesha Nelson

In this series of conversations, Letesha will cover topics of interest and relevant to participants and supporters of the Goodman Community Center.

Episode 1 | Talking with Former Executive Director Becky Steinhoff

In this first Community Chat, Letesha and Becky covered an array of topics, including being a woman leader, COVID-19, International Women's Day and more.

Watch It Here


Episode 2 | Youth Voice & Social Justice with Lussier LOFT Staff and a Student

On April 14, Goodman Center CEO Letesha was joined by Alejandra, the Assistant Director of our Lussier LOFT teen center; Arthur, Middle School Manager; and Deejai, a TEENworks program participant to discuss what the Goodman Center is doing to give youth the skills they need to advocate for themselves. The change we want to see in our community starts right here, and based on what we’re seeing, the future is bright.

Watch It Here

Learn More About Letesha

Before she officially started with the Goodman Center, Letesha sat down with us to share a little more about herself via a fun Zoom interview. Check out this video where she talks about community, hidden talents, and what happiness look like.

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