New Executive Director!


September 20, 2013

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FamilyWise Names New Executive Director

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) The Board of Directors of FamilyWise, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit, named Ann Gaasch as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ms. Gaasch will officially begin as Executive Director on October 7, leaving her current position as the organization’s Program Director.

Ann Gaasch, new Executive Director

“After a rigorous search, we are thrilled that the best candidate emerged from within the organization,” Board President Abby Bailey said. “Ann is a seasoned human service executive who has had a significant role in shaping FamilyWise. Her broad experience in nonprofit management and an unwavering commitment to children and families make her the perfect person for this position.”

With more than 20 years of experience working with families and children, Ms. Gaasch has provided leadership in community and national family service initiatives. Her extensive experience includes program leadership at The Bridge for Youth, St. Paul/Ramsey County Children’s Initiative and the Tubman Family Alliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, and a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from St. Mary’s University.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead FamilyWise as we work to be even more responsive and creative in meeting the changing needs of families,” Ann said. “At a time when the families and children we serve are increasingly cut off from resources and opportunities to thrive, FamilyWise will continue to work with communities to respond to pressing concerns.”

A welcome reception to congratulate Ms. Gaasch will be held on October 24 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at FamilyWise’s Minneapolis location, 3036 University Avenue SE.

About FamilyWise

FamilyWise is a nonprofit organization that has been committed to ending cycles of family violence and keeping children safe since 1976. We support families who are in crisis or experiencing challenging times by providing direct service and encouragement. We give families the skills to lead fulfilling lives and hope for a better future. To learn more, visit



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