Michele Johnston has been named the new executive director of the Daniel Pitino Shelter, replacing former executive director Thad Gunderson. Johnston started her role in September 2019.
Johnston, a doctor of social work, has a professional and personal mission to serve others through building relationships with the community. Johnston believes these relationships can be built by utilizing available local resources and grant opportunities and helping people heal and reach their goals through self-sustainability and self-advocacy.
“Additionally, she brings with her many years of working with people of varying backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses,” the board says of her experience. “Johnston has worked with nonprofits performing agency culture assessments and assisting in leading organizational change.”
A Brescia University alumnus, Johnston received a Bachelor’s in social work and theology, and a master’s degree in social work. She studied social work at the University of Southern California, where she received her doctorate in the focus.
Johnston returned to Owensboro and has worked as an online adjunct instructor in the master of social work program.
“I’m thrilled to join the Owensboro community and serve alongside the staff and volunteers at the Daniel Pitino Shelter,” she said.
Johnston will oversee the campaign celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Pitino Shelter, where local and surrounding community members are asked to show their support by donating $25 a month for three years.