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Debra Ruh

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The VABLN Would Also Like Offer Our Support to Jill Houghton during this Transition period.

The following is a message from the US Business Leadership Network´s (USBLN®) Board Chair, Beth Butler:

After receiving John Kemp´s resignation letter effective January 31st last week and after consulting both with John and Jill Houghton, Deputy Executive Director, and fellow Board Officers Deb Russell and Martha Artiles regarding important transition issues, I am most pleased to appoint Jill Houghton as our Acting Executive Director for a period of 90 days.

This appointment comes with the full support of John, to whom we are grateful for his service as our Executive Director since April, 2007. And, Jill has served as his key senior executive and been involved in all management and programmatic developments over that same period. We are truly fortunate to have Jill so deeply engaged and ready to step into the Acting Executive Director role. Her extensive executive experience including as a Washington State BLN Executive Director, followed by her service as Executive Director of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel that was housed in the Social Security Administration, allows the Board and Staff to feel very comfortable and confident with Jill assuming this role. Our current staff will report to Jill, effective January 18, 2011, and she is hereby given the authority to structure the staff in any manner that best suits her management needs and skills. She will report to the Board through me, as we have done with John.

John will continue to assist both the Board and Jill with USBLN duties and initiatives through the remainder of this month, as Jill wishes.

At the end of the 90-day period, the USBLN Board will be making a formal decision about its next Executive Director, and the Board Chair will no doubt be establishing a process to finalize that decision, following our January 28th Board meeting and Officer elections.

I am delighted to make this appointment and know you join me in welcoming and offering our full support and cooperation to Jill Houghton, our Acting Executive Director!

Beth A. Butler
USBLN Board of Directors


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