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Action Center hires new director

Sandy High and Lewis and Clark graduate Annalisa Peterson brings energy to the role


Annalisa Peterson has been hired as the new executive director of the Sandy Community Action Center, said Board Chairwoman Kate Holleran.

Peterson is a 2008 graduate of Sandy High School and a graduate of Lewis and Clark College. She recently returned from Indonesia, studying and working there on a Fulbright Scholarship.

“(Peterson) will bring innovation and creativity to the leadership position at the center,” Holleran said. “We were looking for someone with both the passion and the organizational skills for the mission of the center. (She) has both, and we think she has the skills needed to help our center improve and expand. We are really excited to have her on board.”

Since Peterson has roots and connections in the community, she is expected to hit the ground running. However, Holleran says the board knows that the new director will need time to understand the programs and demands on the center.

“Then we expect she will develop proposals to improve and expand services,” Holleran said, “supporting our mission of providing food to families and individuals in our community.”

Interim Director Shirley Dueber has agreed to stay on for several months to support Peterson in her new role.

“Shirley Dueber has been invaluable in helping the center move through the transition to new leadership,” Holleran said. “She has brought transparency to the day-to-day management of the center and her knowledge of the center operations and volunteer management has been invaluable during this transition.”

Dueber was brought to the position after the board reached a termination agreement with former director Rita Ezard.