Statement issued Wednesday:
AIDS Task Force board president Mark T. Carboni announced today that longtime executive director Gregory Manifold has informed the board that he will retire from the task force in January 2012.
Manifold has been executive director of the task force since April 1998 and has been in not-for-profit management in Fort Wayne since 1981.
In announcing Manifold's departure, Carboni said, "Gregory came into our organization at a time when new leadership was critically needed. He met the challenges and stabilized the organization so that today we are a highly respected organization, providing more services with greater visibility. We praise Gregory for a job well done."
Carboni also announced the appointment of a transition team to lead the search for a new executive director. Chair of the transition team is Wayne Hall, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and members are Jeremy Brames, AIDS Task Force, George McClellan, IPFW, Dar Richardson, grief and loss counselor, and Earl Robinson, Fort Wayne Community Schools.
To assist with the transition process, the task force has received a Foellinger Foundation Strengthening Organizations grant that will provide project support for strategic planning and succession planning. The grant will help focus the search process and complete the strategic and resource planning work already underway.
While Manifold has not confirmed plans for 2012 and beyond, he is eager to start a new chapter: "Since the completion of the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Task Force and my book about its 1985 founding, I have been assessing what else I want to do with my life and what I can best contribute to this agency. My retirement frees me to try something new, and it allows new leadership to guide the extraordinary service of this organization."
The AIDS Task Force is the oldest AIDS Service Organization (ASO) in the state of Indiana and serves the largest geographic area, 11 northeast Indiana counties. It assists over 400 clients annually and provides education to 10,000 people per year.