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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.

March 18, 2021

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

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I have two things I’d like to share with you today.

First, you may have heard the announcement that the Madison school district has started a phased return to the classroom for all students, with the option to remain virtual for families who prefer it. I see this as wonderful news for our young people who have been longing to reconnect with their peers.

This also means that our GCC family will pivot once again. That’s something our teachers and staff have gotten so good at in the last year, and though change has brought with it challenges and stress, I’ve been so impressed by how willing this group of people is to roll up their sleeves and do what’s best for the children and families we serve. If your child or a child you know needs afterschool care, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Second, we’re a little more than halfway through Women’s History Month, and we’re also about halfway to our goal of raising $50,000 for Girls Inc. of Greater Madison. WOW. I had heard that when the Goodman Center needs its community, its community steps up, but to see it happen live and in person is really something to see. Thank you to all who have already contributed to this great fundraiser!

And here’s some more good news. Remember that $10,000 match from a group of generous Girls Inc. supporters? So many of you stepped up to support our girls that we hit that goal! This group was so happy, they’ve asked to match another $5,000 in donations and hope even more of you will step up to support Girls Inc. of Greater Madison. If you've already taken advantage of the first match, good news is that another donation would be eligible for this match.

The warmth coming from this community and the commitment of our staff to make sure our neighbors have the support they need continues to warm my heart and inspire my spirit. Thank you for being here with us every step of the way.

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


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.


More Reading

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