After six years serving as the executive director of CASA of Ohio Valley, Rosemary Conder will be retiring from her role. Conder said she will stay on until Sept. 30 at the latest, with plans to continue foundation grant work and helping bring people together to coordinate efforts for children and families in the future.
A 2021 Athena Award nominee, Conder called CASA a “wonderful organization,” adding that she loved everything for which it stood.
“I believe CASA volunteers are some of the most caring and selfless people on Earth,” she said. “I appreciate all of your support and help in making our program a success. Without your help, we would have struggled so much to fulfill our mission.”
Conder said she originally planned to retire in December 2020, but that the level of uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted her to stay put for a while longer.
As the local CASA branch moves into a new office space, Conder said she was proud of the growth the organization.
“I am so proud of the growth we’ve had over the last few years and look forward to hearing about the incredible services CASA provides our community with for years to come,” she said.
While Conder called the decision to retire from a place she loves “bittersweet,” she also said it was time for the organization to experience new leadership, and for her to explore other options for her future.
Conder said her experience at CASA gave her the necessary tools to continue helping the community in a multitude of ways.
“I feel I have a perspective on how organizations can work together,” she said. “I hope to do more foundations grant work, bringing people to the table to coordinate collaborations to lift up our children and families, while creating substantial solutions.”