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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.

September 23, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Thanksgiving Basket Drive 2021

It’s officially fall at the Goodman Center, and wow, it is BUSY! It’s so wonderful to see so much life in our halls, from the kids attending our preschool through high school programming, to the older adults coming in for meals and safe activities, to our teams getting ready for the incredible undertaking that is our Thanksgiving Basket Drive.

I can only imagine what it’s like when our doors are totally open, and let me tell you, I can’t wait for that day!

In the meantime, our teachers and staff are hard at work doing what they do best: building community through fun and educational activities and important services. And they’re doing it so thoughtfully. I’m blown away by how much this group of incredible people care about our community and how much they think of what others need as they go about their day-to-day work. It’s inspiring and why I’m so happy to be a part of this Goodman family.

I recently asked for your support as we got back into the school year. I told you stories of teachers and kids becoming their best selves, thanks to the work being done here at the Goodman Center. Please know that work can’t be done without the help of our entire community – including YOU. Thank you for all you do to make our community a place where everyone has what they need to be successful. We’re stronger together, and you help prove that every day.


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


Episode 3 | Teaching Our Youngest Learners

We take early childhood education seriously at the Goodman Center, and we’re fortunate to have some really strong community partnerships to help in our efforts to get our youngest students off to a great start. In this Community Chat hosted on May 18, Letesha was joined by Goodman Center Early Childcare Education Partnership Manager Miranda Starr, ECE Manager Lindsay Kulow and representatives from our partner organizations Madison Children’s Museum and Anesis Therapy.

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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