Gwynne Rukenbrod out as executive director of Asheville nonprofit Handmade in America

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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gwynne_rukenbrod_2013Gwynne Rukenbrod has resigned from the well-known Asheville nonprofit Handmade in America. It’s a significant shake-up for a nonprofit that had traditionally staked out firm territory in supporting regional crafters.

From Handmade:

The Board of Directors of HandMade in America announced today with sincere regret that Gwynne Rukenbrod has resigned from her position as Executive Director of the organization. Gwynne assumed the role of Executive Director in January, 2011, and has been instrumental in enhancing the business, effectiveness, and reputation of HandMade.

“During her tenure, Gwynne has done an outstanding job of leading HandMade through challenging times and re-establishing the strength and vitality of the organization’s mission, programming, and services to the people of our community and beyond. We deeply appreciate her considerable talents and abilities and significant work for and dedication to HandMade, and wish her all the best in the days ahead,” said Pam Lewis, chair of HandMade’s Board of Directors.

On news of Gwynne’s departure, HandMade’s Board has enacted a plan to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership of the organization. “We are fortunate to have an excellent, talented existing staff and a very committed Board of Directors that will allow us to move forward effectively in providing the full complement of HandMade programs and services during this time of transition and beyond,” said Lewis. “We look forward to continuing to build and strengthen the HandMade community, internally and externally, as craft and cultural development are such a vital part of the economy, heart and promise of our region.”

As the process of hiring a permanent director begins, the Board of Directors and staff of HandMade would like to welcome Greg Walker Wilson as Interim Executive Director.

Rukenbrod was hired to settle things down after Geraldine Plato was abruptly fired. Plato had taken over Becky Anderson, who had led the organization for 14 years. Verve magazine had this run-down after Rukenbrod started.

Image link for Rukenbrod.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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