Willow Center names Bonnie DeVinney interim president

Willow Center names Bonnie DeVinney interim president

Bonnie DeVinney will serve as interim president and CEO for Willow Domestic Violence Center.
Bonnie DeVinney will serve as interim president and CEO for Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Willow Domestic Violence Center has tapped a 40-year veteran of the nonprofit sector as its interim president and CEO.

Bonnie DeVinney, who most recently was engaged in strategic initiatives for the United Way of Greater Rochester, will serve in the role for four to six months while the organization conducts a search for a  permanent executive. Willow’s current leader, Jaime Saunders, has been selected as president and CEO of the United Way beginning in January.

“We are thrilled to have Bonnie, a well-known community leader, step in at this critical time to guide the agency forward while we conduct the search for a new president and CEO,” Willow chairman Barbara Purvis said in a statement. “Bonnie is passionate about our mission and committed to keeping Willow on our trajectory of incredible growth and expansion to serve all survivors.”

DeVinney brings more than four decades of nonprofit leadership experience to the role. Prior to her work with United Way she served as vice president and chief programs officer at Greater Rochester Health Foundation and as executive director at Common Ground Health, formerly Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency.

DeVinney also served on Willow’s Safe Place campaign committee from 2014 to 2017, helping to secure the center’s new facility and program expansion.

“I know the significant importance of Willow Center to our community, DeVinney said. “And it is my great honor to serve during this period of transition to ensure that Willow continues to meet the critical need for programs and services to support survivors of domestic violence and their children.”

DeVinney will help to oversee the organization’s full continuum of services, including the 49-bed emergency shelter, counseling center, 24/7 hotline, court advocacy and prevention education.

Willow’s board has engaged JK Executive Strategies to lead the search for its next CEO.

Willow’s mission is to prevent dating and domestic violence and ensure every survivor has access to the services and supports needed on the journey to a safe and empowered life.

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