A MESSAGE FROM THE GSAFE BOARD:
It is with a mix of excitement and sadness that we announce the resignation of our Executive Director, Chelsea O‘NeilKarcher. The Board of Directors and staff at GSAFE will be very sad to see her go, but we look forward to the next chapter in our history. We wish Chelsea the best of luck in all her future endeavors, which we are certain will be successful.
From Chelsea O‘Neil Karcher, Executive Director of GSAFE:
I recently submitted my resignation to the board of directors in order to pursue new challenges as an art therapist. While I have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my career, I will be able to continue the work that has become so important to me: ensuring strong and vibrant lives for LGBTQ people in Wisconsin.
The decision for my transition did not come easily as I am extremely proud of the accomplishments staff, board, and youth have accomplished in my time with the organization and hold dear to my heart the relationships I’ve built during my time as Executive Director.
I want to give my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the organization and of me personally. Without you, the organization would not be as strong and vibrant as it is. I am so honored to have been a leader within this incredible organization and will watch with much excitement and anticipation as it makes strides in supporting and creating safer schools for LGBTQ youth of all identities in Wisconsin.
From Dr. William Frahm-Gilles, Chair of the Board of Directors of GSAFE:
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to thank Chelsea for her service to the organization and our mission. Although we are sad to see her go, we are excited for her as she initiates this next stage in her life and her career.
GSAFE will be taking this opportunity to review organizational structure, programming, and strategic plan benchmarks.
Our priority will a sustainable and stable infrastructure so that GSAFE can continue to serve an important role for LGBTQ+ students and communities in the state of Wisconsin.
Chelsea, staff, and the Board of Directors have worked closely to ensure a smooth transition and that current programming will not be disrupted in the interim. Please look forward to an update later this spring.
We look forward to the next chapter at GSAFE increasing the capacity of LGBTQ+ students, educators, and families to create schools in Wisconsin where all youth thrive!