Julian Center losing CEO to retirement at end of year

Catherine O’Connor, CEO of the Julian Center since March 2014, plans to retire at the end of the year, the domestic-violence shelter and services provider announced Thursday.

The not-for-profit said it hoped to line up a replacement by the time O’Connor departs but also said the “priority is finding the right candidate to lead the organization into the future.”  The center’s board of directors has set up a search committee.

O’Connor joined the center after working as senior director of public policy at Planned Parenthood of Indiana. She previously led the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The Julian Center is central Indiana’s leading provider of services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, providing direct services to 3,000 to 4,000 people.

The center operates an emergency shelter with 96 beds and offers 52 beds in its transitional housing program. The organization operates on annual budget of about $4 million and employs about 85 people, including more than 40 full-time workers.

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