Dear Aloha Community,
As many of you know, we have been engaged in a rigorous search for a new Chief Financial Officer for the Aloha Foundation. We have searched high and low for just the right person to not only lead our unique organization when it comes to numbers and finances, but also embrace the values and vision that we all hold dear.
I am elated to share with you today that such a person was indeed out there, and that we were fortunate enough to hire her. Please help me welcome Juliana Steele to our Aloha community.
Juliana comes to us from United Arts of Central Florida, a nonprofit based in Orlando, FL. She has worked as their CFO for the past 15 years, and twice stepped in to serve as interim President and CEO, most recently leading the organization during COVID-19. Other positions she has held include Assistant Director and Controller for the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency in Delray Beach, FL, Bursar for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, and Financial Manager for the American Red Cross of Stamford, CT.
Steve Wyckoff, the treasurer of our Board of Trustees, aptly captured the sentiments of the search committee:
“I am very pleased with the outcome of our search for a new CFO. Juliana is a seasoned and senior professional that will bring a depth of financial, strategic and non-profit experience to the foundation at this critical time of rising inflation and costs. She immediately struck me as a thinker and a doer – analytical and idea generating as well as self-initiating with a can-do collaborative attitude.”
Juliana’s extensive experience and professional background will greatly benefit us here at the Alohas. What is equally impressive to me is her approach—a blend of thoughtful foresight and creativity delivered with transparency and candor.
I know Juliana will hit the ground running (and hiking, and kayaking!) when she joins us at the Foundation Office in Fairlee at the end of this month, and I’m confident she will make an excellent addition to our Aloha family. My sincere thanks to the search committee and everyone involved in this process.
Vanessa Mendillo Riegler