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Welcome Leslie Pont, OLLI at UVA new Executive Director
Leslie Pont comes to OLLI from the UVA Cancer Center where she served as the Program Manager, Research Administration and Strategic Planning for the last three years. She is currently enrolled in her master’s (M.A. in Organizational Leadership) at Gonzaga University and Leslie aims to use the knowledge from her program to directly benefit OLLI. An area of focus that she feels strongly about is community leadership. One can define a community by the shared attributes of the people in it and/or by the strength of the connections among them.

Leslie asked that we share this  infographic   as a way to capture her belief in leadership in a succinct way. Her goal is to embody these 10 characteristics in her role at OLLI, and she is excited to join us. 

For those interested in a little more about her career, Leslie completed an Executive Program at Cornell University in Change Leadership in 2018. Prior to UVA, Leslie lived in the DC area for 21 years. Leslie worked for an association management company serving as the Executive Director to two small nonprofits: American College of Mortgage Attorneys and the Alliance of Hazard Materials Professionals from 2015 to 2017. Prior to, she was at WTS International as a Lifestyle Director for an active adult community.

Leslie has largely worked for nonprofit organizations which also includes: National Institutes of Health as a consultant, Kaiser Permanente as a Senior Account Manager and Wellness Specialist, and seven years at the American College of Cardiology as both a Member Relations Specialist and as a Communications Director. 

Another area where Leslie can potentially serve the community of OLLI is in teaching health-related classes. She has been facilitating workshops, classes and community groups, both in-person and online, since 2007. Her passion for well-being stems directly from caretaking for both of her parents – from disability and major health issues to senior living and hospice. She believes that well-being and the tools that one learns are a key to happiness at any age. Of note, Leslie holds certifications in: nutrition, wellness, fitness, yoga and she is a nationally board-certified health and wellness coach.

In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, all forms of movement, spending time with family, attempting to potty-train her toddler, listening to live music and hiking. 
Board of Directors Leadership Changes
OLLI congratulates the newly-elected president of the board, Gary Nimax, and vice president, Ed Piper, who will assume their new roles on July 1, 2020.
Gary Nimax  has served as one of the OLLI board representatives appointed by UVA since 2009, first as the representative for the Board of Visitors and later as President Ryan’s representative. 

Gary has held a variety of managerial positions since joining UVA in 1989, and is currently the Assistant Vice President for Compliance. In 2018, he received the University’s John T. Casteen III Award for his leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

He currently chairs both the Compliance Network and the LGBT Committee for faculty and staff at UVA, plus serves as a member of the planning committee for Charlottesville’s annual Festival of Cultures.
Ed Piper  has been leading lifelong learning classes since 2002, initially in the JMU-LLI program and for the past five years with OLLI.  He is a member of the OLLI Faculty Committee, which offers introductory training seminars for new OLLI instructors and oversees course and instructor evaluations.  

He has also served on advisory boards for JMU-LLI, Boys and Girls Club, Hospice of the Shenandoah, and Augusta Health Medical Ethics Committee.
Thank you, Gary and Ed, for taking on these new leadership positions and continuing your support of OLLI!
In recognition of Elliot Mininberg
We're not sure we can adequately convey our immense admiration and gratitude to current board president, Elliot Mininberg, whose term ends June 30. But we're going to try!

Elliot has been involved with OLLI at UVA from the beginning in 2002 when there was no professional staff. He has done all the things that make this amazing organization run – from curriculum and faculty development to post office runs and student registration. He is a true leader from hands on work to vision and board leadership.

Answering the call of service, Elliot first served as board president 2015 to 2016. He answered the call again with his current second term as president, shepherding OLLI through many transitions, including the departure of OLLI's original Executive Director and support of departing Director, Kara West. Elliot's not done with us either! He will continue as a board member so the new president and vice president can draw on his experience.

Thank you Elliot for your unwavering commitment to making OLLI at UVA the best it can be. OLLI is forever touched by your continuing insight and guidance.
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