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OZONE HOUSE ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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October 26, 2017
ANN ARBOR, MI Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – The Board of Directors of Ozone House is pleased to announce that Krista Girty, MSW has been named the new Executive Director of the organization, effective November 1. Girty succeeds Katie Doyle who has been with Ozone House for 17 years. Doyle took a position at the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan as a Clinical Assistant Professor.We are gratified that Katie will be taking what she has learned at Ozone House a bit further upstream to support Master of Social Work students before they enter the field.” Says Soni Mithani, Ozone House Board President and Senior Principal and Counselor at Law & Deputy General Counsel at Miller Canfield in Ann Arbor.
 
Girty comes to Ozone House with a tremendous amount of experience in the field of homeless youth and child advocacy. Krista has worked for two decades as an advocate for youth in several capacities managing crisis and stabilization programs and services for homeless youth. There may not be enough positive adjectives to describe Krista’s success in her decades-long career working to support vulnerable youth or to describe Ozone House’s enthusiasm about Krista becoming the Executive Director.  To highlight just a few of her professional experiences that Krista brings to the role:
  • Krista worked at Ozone House for several years in the early 2000s. At Ozone House, she started out as a Case Manager with youth who experienced homelessness, went on to help start the Supported Opportunities for Living on your Own (SOLO) program, and revamped what was then called the LGBTQ Support Group, now PrideZone, by relocating the group to our Ypsilanti location, and expanding the support that the group offered to youth.  Today, SOLO and PrideZone are thriving components of the services Ozone House offers to youth.
  • Since leaving Ozone House 10 years ago, Krista was recruited to the following roles:
    • Director of Program Operations and Services at JASMYN (Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network) where she worked with LGBTQ+ youth, most of whom experienced homelessness;
    • Manager of Health Services at Larkin Street Youth Services—a nationally known program for youth who have experienced homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area;
    • Director Health Services at Huckleberry House—organization that supports youth who have experienced homelessness in the Bay Area that, like Ozone House, was founded in 1969;
    • Senior Vice President of Northern California Operations at Covenant House—another nationally known organization that serves youth who have experienced homelessness, trafficking, or have run away.
 
In her most recent role at Covenant House, Krista oversaw a tremendous growth and a merger of two youth housing service agencies.
 
The team at Ozone House could not be more thrilled for Krista’s homecoming on November 1!  But don’t take it from them, here is one—of many—ways that a national leader in the field describes her: “Krista’s sense of humor, hard work, creative nature and her bold thinking creates a balance that is unique. Increasing access to services has always been her number one priority.
 
“What makes Krista the perfect Executive Director is her unwavering commitment to the mission of caring for and empowering youth.  Her years of experience in helping homeless youth is grounded in the firm belief that youth come first and that everything we do to end youth homelessness should be undertaken with the best interests of youth at heart. Krista is not only highly-trained in dealing with the issues surrounding youth homelessness, but she also happens to be an authentic, confident and empathetic visionary.  Krista will bring a passion and energy to Ozone House’s mission that I know all Board members will share and respond to in kind.  We are looking forward to introducing Krista to our community and the youth we serve, and to working with Krista on tackling, curbing, and dare I say, ending youth homelessness in our neighborhoods over the coming years.” Soni Mithani,
 
To make a donation on behalf of Katie Doyle and the work she has done for the past 17 years, or on behalf of Krista Girty, please donate at www.ozonehouse.org.
 
About Ozone House
Ozone House is an organization that offers young people, who face homelessness or housing instability, a safe space. We help youth lead safe, healthy, and productive lives through intervention and prevention services, and programming that meets the needs of youth seeking supports. Services include: emergency services, counseling, drop-in center, housing, job training and leadership, LGBTQ+ services, college support, school support K-12 through college, and substance abuse support. Ozone House has been in the community since 1969. 
 
About Soni Mithani: Miller Canfield Principal, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Deputy Group Leader, Ann Arbor Deputy Resident Director, Deputy General Counsel...
 
 
Contact:
Heidi Ruud
hruud@ozonehouse.org

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