Annual Report 2023 – Q&A with Board Chair Glenn A. Sonnenberg

On Wayfinder’s 70th anniversary, what are some of your thoughts about the organization’s future?

The next 70 years for Wayfinder depend on what we do now. Prior generations created a financially healthy organization known for innovation and effectiveness at addressing some of our community’s greatest problems. That strong foundation enables Wayfinder to achieve life-changing outcomes for children and families, year after year. Now it’s our turn. Wayfinder’s future is up to us. As the new chair of the board, I want Wayfinder to be an even stronger organization when my term is finished. I believe we have the program, the team, the board and the community support to do just that.

I have known Jay Allen for many years and am sure he will be the visionary leader to take Wayfinder to the next level. One can already see, after only a few months on the job, how Jay fits so well into this new role. This is not surprising, as he has dedicated more than 20 years to Wayfinder and is committed to the organization’s mission, vision and values. From his initial role as VP of programs and now as president and CEO, Jay has overseen Wayfinder programs through a time of tremendous growth. I’m confident that he will forge a successful path for the organization and enhance Wayfinder’s sturdy foundation during his time as president and CEO.

What is one of your favorite moments from your years of involvement with Wayfinder?

The opening of The Cottage, Wayfinder’s temporary shelter care program in 2016. The Cottage is a refuge for children recently removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment who are awaiting placement in a foster or kinship home. The Cottage is the convergence of all aspects of Wayfinder’s work: our expertise assisting children who are medically fragile, traumatized, or who have disabilities. The Cottage is crucial in the county because it is the only shelter of this kind that is licensed to care for infants and children under age 5. In eight years, as the infographic on P. 1 shows, The Cottage has cared for 9,623 children.


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December 21, 2023