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Liz Vivian Joins Aradia Women’s Health Center as Interim Executive Director

Seattle, May 31, 2006—Seattle, Wash, May 31, 2006 – The Board of Directors of Aradia Women’s Health Center today announced the selection of Liz Vivian to serve as the organization’s interim Executive Director.

Liz Vivian will act as interim Executive Director while an agency-wide strategic plan and assessment are conducted in preparation for a nationwide executive director search. Marcy Bloom, who served as the organization’s executive director for eighteen years, retired on May 12th with plans to write a book about her vast experience in the reproductive rights and health movement.

“I am very excited to have Liz at the helm. Her demonstrated leadership experience in community relations, public affairs and strategic thinking in the non-profit world are exceptionally strong. She will do an outstanding job of maintaining Aradia's reputation as the undisputed leader in women's abortion- and gynecological health care while leading the search for a permanent Executive Director,” said Scott Leopold, Aradia Women’s Health Center Board President.

Honored as one of the region’s outstanding “40 Under Forty” for entrepreneurial spirit, vision and service to the community by the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2003, Liz Vivian has an impressive history of civic engagement and advocacy work. Most recently, Ms. Vivian served as Executive Director of 2V/ACT, originally known as the Seattle Youth Involvement Network, where she provided visionary leadership including developing strategic partnerships with the Mayor’s office. In her Executive Director capacity, Ms. Vivian led the effort to create Seattle’s first-ever Mayor’s Youth Council. Prior, Liz served as National Field Director for Rock the Vote producing a 25-city Election 2000 bus tour, mobilizing one million young voters to register as part of a national coalition. Ms. Vivian currently serves on the Community Advisory Committee on School Facilities and Programs working with Seattle Public Schools on school consolidation and closure.

The staff and management of Aradia Women’s Health Center are pleased to welcome her into this leadership capacity and look forward to this collaboration as the organization transitions into its next phase of growth.