Bil Browning

Always moving forward

Filed By Bil Browning | December 20, 2006 4:57 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: HIV/AIDS, LGBT community, The Damien Center, Tracy Elliott

Good friend (and former bilerico contributor) Tracy Elliott announced today that he would be leaving his position as Executive Director of The Damien Center to accept a position as Executive Director of AID Atlanta . Tracy has led the organization to some remarkable achievements during his tenure at the helm. He will be sorely missed by clients, co-workers, and those of us lucky enough to call him a friend.

Good luck in your new position, Tracy. May the wind always be at your back.

Tracy's e-mailed announcement after the jump:

Because of your vital, loyal support of the Damien Center, I want personally to inform you that I will be leaving the Center to become executive director of AID Atlanta.

This is not an opportunity I sought, but one I feel compelled to accept. I do so, however, with a great deal of personal sadness, as I truly love the Center and its entire family of staff, clients, volunteers, donors, and program partners.

At the same time, I am completely confident that the future of the Center is solid as a rock, in fact bright and exciting. The staff is extraordinarily talented and passionate. The board is comprised of remarkable community leaders from a broad cross-section of the community. We have amazing program partners with whom we collaborate all over the region to provide innovative and high-impact services. We are exceedingly fortunate to have hundreds of individuals, families, foundations, corporations, and public institutions who invest in our work year after year. We now have the finest HIV/AIDS facility in the state. And we have an award-winning plan of action to ensure that the impact of the Center on the lives of persons affected by this disease grows greater with each passing year.

I know your support of the vision and mission of the Center, without which we could not save and transform lives, transcends mere personalities and who occupies this or any position in our organization, and for that we are very, very grateful.

I'll be here until at least mid-February. Meanwhile, a vigorous search is already underway. I hope to see you before I head south. Please don't hesitate to call or stop in.

Sincerest Regards

Tracy


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As Suzannah and I both said...DAMN!! We'll miss him, as a friend and a neighbor. He's done a terrific job!!

Hotlanta will never be the same.

You will be missed Tracy, but our loss is Atlanta's gain! Good luck down South!!!!

Tracy Elliott | December 21, 2006 10:27 AM

Thank you, Bil! One of the many regrets I have about leaving is that the LGBT community in Indianapolis is fast becoming a vital political force, thanks in no small part to you and Bilerico, as well as IE, Stop the Amendment, ICON, Advance Indiana, INTRA, IRCC, Indy Pride, Black Pride and so many other individuals and groups who are (finally) coming together in our common cause to make Indianapolis and Indiana a great place to live for everyone. I have enormous respect for you and Jeremy, for your courage, your passion, and your effectiveness. You have done, and are doing, amazing work. You are truly changing the world by changing this little corner of it. Thank you!