YWCA La Crosse Executive Director to retire

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - YWCA Executive Director Ruthann Schultz, after 17 years with the organization, is retiring.

Schultz began her YWCA career as the part-time CASA for Kids Volunteer Coordinator, eventually becoming its full-time director. She took on the role of Agency Programs Director in 2008 and then became the Interim and then Executive Director.

Ruthann is proud to have been part of the driving force that moved the agency from “a position of program services to a combination of services, advocacy, and education.” Included in that is the funding secured for Justice Circles, “the first YWCA La Crosse program to use restorative practices and to address race, bias and privilege in our community,” she explains. Ruthann’s staff offers praise for her ability to listen and to forward the agency’s mission. Her days, in return, were fulfilled by “working with individuals who are like-minded in their pursuit of justice.”

The YWCA La Crosse is inviting the community to a reception to thank and honor Schultz on Wednesday, October 25 from 5-8 p.m. Appetizers and a cash bar will be offered at The Freighthouse Restaurant, 107 Vine Street, La Crosse.

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