YWCA McLean County has named a new President & CEO. D. Dontae Latson of Charlotte, NC, brings to the position more than fifteen years of diverse experience in human services and ten years of leadership experience.
Latson worked most recently as Director of Behavioral Health at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Previous work experience includes service as an agency director for a county department of social service; as director of adult services, program coordinator and psychotherapist at a behavioral health center; and group facilitator for an anti-domestic violence program.
Latson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD and a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
He has served on numerous boards and committees at the county and state levels including the Union County, NC United Way Board of Directors; Union County Smart Start; Literacy Council of Union County; the Council for Children’s Rights; and the Crisis Assistance Ministry. Latson is a graduate and Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum.
The search process that identified Latson as a candidate was nationwide in scope. “The search Committee considered more than 70 candidates. We got to know Dontae through a comprehensive selection process. It became clear that his professional and personal experiences are strongly aligned with the YWCA’s mission of empowering women and eliminating racism, and that his leadership style and community involvement will be terrific assets to our organization and to McLean County,” said Sara Medlock, chairwoman of the search committee.
Since January, interim president/CEO Ruth Ann Fraker of Bloomington has led the YWCA McLean County. “The Board and staff are grateful to Ruth Ann for her leadership as we worked to identify a new full-time executive officer,” said Lyn Potts, Chairwoman of the YWCA Board of Directors. “We are so appreciative that Ruth Ann will help to oversee the transition in leadership in the coming weeks.”
Latson will relocate to the Bloomington-Normal area. His first day in the office will be June 10, 2013.
For 104 years, YWCA McLean County has been a constant force in the lives of families in the Bloomington-Normal/McLean County community. The organization serves women, children, senior citizens and families, offering a variety of programs and services. YWCA McLean County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.