Julian Center removes ‘interim’ from chief executive’s title

The Julian Center announced Wednesday that it has removed the “interim” status from CEO Jeff Brown’s title.

Brown took the interim role in December after the retirement of Catherine O’Connor, who had led the domestic-violence shelter and services provider since 2014.

Brown previously spent 29 years of his management career at the National American Legion headquarters in Indianapolis, including 10 years as executive director.

Prior to his work for the Legion, Brown was a senior staff accountant for the Indianapolis office of Ernst and Young.

Brown is an Air Force veteran, having served as a “loadmaster” for cargo planes.

“I am pleased that Jeff has agreed to lead the amazing heroes who make up the center’s staff,” Julian Center board chairman Phil Terry said in written remarks. “Jeff is a proven team builder. The board is confident that under his direction the Julian Center will continue to compassionately serve victims of domestic violence and their families.”

The Julian Center, founded in 1975, 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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