RALEIGH, N.C. – Triangle Family Services has tapped nonprofit-veteran Alice Lutz to serve as its next CEO.
Effective Nov. 1, she will replace Miles Wright, who has served as interim CEO for two years.
Lutz currently runs Oxygen Consulting, which helps nonprofits with planning and fundraising.
Her previous experience includes serving as executive director for Foundation of Hope and as a fundraising executive for Triangle United Way. She is currently on the faculty of Duke University’s certificate program in nonprofit management.
“I missed feeling the heartbeat of an organization, of really being there,” Lutz says of her decision to join Triangle Family Services. “My desire to go back and run an organization is to be a collaborative part of our community and make a difference.”
Once she officially begins, Lutz plans to take some time to better understand the organization, which served over 5,000 people last year through its credit counseling, mental-health and family-safety services.
“Initially I’d like to get inside the box and look at all our programs and see if they’re meeting the needs of the community,” she says. “Are the programs servicing who they need to be servicing?”
The organization, which has about 50 full-time and part-time employees and an annual budget of about $2.8 million, is coming back from a difficult financial position, says Wright.
The year before he joined the staff in 2007, Triangle Family Services lost $250,000 and depleted its operating reserve.
“We were doing 80 and heading for the cliff,” he says of the organization’s financial position. “We still have a good view of the edge of the cliff, but we’ve found a way to put it in park for a while.”
While the organization has yet to build its reserve back, it has “stopped the hemorrhage,” and finished fiscal 2009 basically at break-even, with revenue 7 percent over budget, says Wright.
Wright, who had previously served as chair of the agency’s board, credits the agency’s staff with much of that progress.
“What makes this agency work is that there’s an amazing collection of individuals who give a lot and have a lot of skills,” he says.