Robin Stratton, the Jewish Community of Louisville’s vice president and chief operating officer of the Jewish Community Center, will be leaving her post to join her family’s growing business. The community is invited to say farewell to her and celebrate her years of service to the JCC on Monday, June 28, 5:30-7 p.m. in the Patio Gallery at the JCC. Refreshments will be served.
Stratton joined the staff of the JCC in 2001 as development director, and in 2006, assumed the responsibilities as executive director at a time when the Center began addressing significant financial difficulties.
Over the past year, she has been working with lay and staff leaders to shape the Jewish Community of Louisville, created through the merger of the Jewish Community Federation and the JCC. In addition to managing the day-to-day operation of the JCC, she has been part of the program review process.
Stratton had planned to leave a few months ago, but upon request, stayed in her position, working part-time, through the end of June.
“It has been an honor and a privilege for me to serve Louisville as the Jewish Community Center’s executive director,” Stratton said. “For 9 years, I’ve had the pleasure of helping improve the lives of so many individuals that need the Center’s services, enjoy its programs and are enriched by Jewish experiences.
“I re-enter the private sector feeling very proud of the improvements made in programming, staffing, outreach and facilities,” she continued. “I leave the Center at a time of tremendous growth in membership, camping, early childhood, and the overall use and enjoyment of our fitness and aquatics facilities. Social gatherings, teen programs, senior services and cultural arts programs like CenterStage are seeing wonderful success. And I am so pleased that the JCC has been able to maintain its position as a model of acceptance, understanding and diversity – one that epitomizes how shared Jewish values support a vibrant and evolving constituency.
“I extend deepest thanks and appreciation to the Center’s talented, hard-working, professional staff, who have worked tirelessly to create meaningful programs for the community,” she concluded. “I will miss them and the many members and volunteers that I’ve come to know. I certainly look forward to being just another member of the Jewish community, rather than an employee of, and to spending more time with my family and friends. Hopefully, I’ll see them often at McDonald’s!”