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A fond farewell

Aimee Johnson has announced her plan to step down from her position as executive director of the Levite Jewish Community Center. Her final day will be November 4. 

Brooke Bowles (left) will become interim executive director after Aimee Johnson’s departure on November 4.

Aimee was named director a year ago this month after a nine-month stint as interim director. Under her leadership, The J has made great strides while emerging from the pandemic. The simplified and more accessible membership model adopted in the spring has been very successful, and the organization has brought in more than $1 million through grants and fundraising initiatives — including the inaugural J’la gala that was held in August. 

“She really was the right person to help us reorganize after a few less stable years,” says Associate Executive Director Brooke Bowles, who will now be interim director while a search is conducted. “From setting a relaxed but productive tone in the office — including lots of laughter — to working with our partner organizations, Aimee has helped The J recover.”

Other highlights under Aimee’s leadership include expanded and more effective staffing, the most successful Jewish Food and Culture Fest ever, and an enhanced website and newsletter.

“We sincerely thank Aimee for leaving us in a very good place,” adds Brooke.