Dear Winchester Multicultural Network friends, colleagues and collaborators,
It is with great sorrow that we announce that our beloved and inspiring Executive Director, Aba Taylor, will be leaving the Multicultural Network to pursue an exciting opportunity at the national organization, Third Sector New England.
First and foremost, we want to thank Aba for her tireless dedication and leadership. The Winchester Multicultural Network is today a stronger, more focused, and deeper organization because of her. We are grateful for her help in deepening and broadening our understanding of our privileges and responsibilities, for reenergizing and refocusing our commitment to build a more inclusive and equitable community, for forging more impactful alliances within our town and expanding the reach of our efforts beyond the 01890 zip code, and more than anything, for being such a powerful example of what truthfulness and kindness look like.
The Winchester Multicultural Network Board is currently working with Aba on a transition plan. As part of this plan we are happy to announce that we have selected John P. Robins (“JP”) to lead the Network as Interim Executive Director. He is already working with Aba to ensure a smooth transition and will take over March 19, immediately after Aba’s departure.
JP, who is originally from India, has been involved with the Network for two years, most recently as the Vice President of the Board. He has been an active voice in the community for five years as the minister at the First Baptist Church, as a board member of the Winchester Youth Alliance addressing teen concerns, and with other organizations. Prior to coming to Winchester, JP held managerial positions with technology companies. He has an MBA and a M.Div. degree, and is trained in the VISIONS diversity and inclusion framework on which the Network was founded. JP hopes to bring his experience in change leadership, strategic planning, and community partnerships to help support the Network through this transition and prepare it for its next chapter.
In the meantime, our steadfast volunteers, Steering Committee members, and staff will continue to provide effective advocacy and response activities, thought-provoking and educational programming, and participative community meetings that have for so long characterized the Network’s commitment to this caring community.
Dear Aba, from all of us at the Board, I want to say: you will be greatly missed and you have our full support and best wishes for the future. You have become and forever will remain a loved and admired part of our community.
Juanita Zerda, Board President, Winchester Multicultural Network