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Monday, January 22, 2001

stepping down

Star-Bulletin staff

Susan Au Doyle has resigned after six years as president and chief executive officer of the YWCA, effective Jan. 31.

Doyle said she wanted to spend more time with her family.

Cheryl Kauhane, the YWCA's chief operating officer, will act as interim chief executive officer, beginning Feb. 1.

"Susan is a leader who has made a real difference in this organization and community," said Cori Ching Weston, YWCA board chairwoman. "Under her leadership the YWCA has substantially increased its capacity for service to our community."

Under Doyle's leadership, YWCA milestones included: adoption of a comprehensive capital improvement plan and the launch of a $10 million capital campaign ($8 million of which has already been raised); the reopening of YWCA Camp Kokokahi and renovation of Juliette M. Atherton Hall at Kokokahi; the expansion of the YWCA's capacity to provide transitional housing for women; and the adoption of a five-year strategic plan considered a model in nonprofit management.

New collaborative program initiatives recently funded include: the Cafe-Y culinary arts job training program for at-risk youth at the Y's Cafe Laniakea; the Retail Ready, Set, Go! job training programs; and development of the Kokokahi Cultural Learning Center.

Inquiries about the chief executive officer position should go to Mary Shimizu at 538-7061, extension 202.

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