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Big Brothers Big Sisters hires one of its own to be new leader

Juliana Goswick is the new executive director for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was the organization’s head of fund development.
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Juliana Goswick is the new executive director for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was the organization’s head of fund development.

PRESCOTT – Juliana Goswick’s first introduction to Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters was when she was invited to attend the non-profit agency’s annual fund-raising gala.

That evening eight years ago was the start of what Goswick describes as a life-changing connection; she became “hooked” into the mission such that her commitment went from donor to volunteer to full-time fund development director.

At about the same time as she was hired to work for the agency, Goswick and her two teenage children, Jacob and Julia, became a family match. This was yet another connection to the agency she considers a second family, one committed to enhancing children’s lives.

“She’s done so much for this agency, brought such success,” declared Interim President and Chief Executive Officer Nick Mork as he officially announced Goswick’s promotion to executive director this week.

In her new role, one Mork and board leaders expect will soon morph into her predecessor’s title of president and chief executive officer, Goswick will continue to make connections with donors but will also be taking on the task of propelling the agency’s 45-year-mission into the future. This non-profit organization provides some 700 matches to children in the quad-city region, plus Cottonwood and Sedona; one of the premier Big Brothers Big Sisters operations in the nation.

“I’m incredibly humbled, honored and excited about this expanded role,” said Goswick, a former nurse and business entrepreneur, citing the mentorship of both Mork and Board Chairman Rebecca Finken. “I love what I do … I’m very thankful.”

In June 2015, the organization took a blow with the retirement of their more than four-decade leader Kathleen Murphy. She was replaced by Christine Clouse who resigned in March.

Mork, who has some four decades of experience with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, including consulting with more than 100 of its agencies and other non-profit charities, stepped in just after Clouse’ resignation to manage the operation and seek out its new leadership.

Mork has nothing but the highest praise for Goswick and the new administrative team that has been assembled from within the local organization: Cheryl Main has been promoted to director of administration and Lynn Baxter has assumed her previous position as program director.

The 23-staff organization that includes more than 1,000 volunteers has five other vacancies yet to be filled. The annual operating budget is $1.3 million, 95 percent of which comes from individual donations and annual fundraising events. The agency’s gala event will be held in November.

“This is the best team ever,” Mork declared.

Finken echoed those sentiments: “There’s nobody like her (Goswick).”

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