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Helping People….Changing Lives

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. Promotes Health Director to Newly Created Director of Operations

Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Diane Hewitt-Johnson to the agency’s newly restructured position, Director of Operations.  In this role Ms. Hewitt-Johnson will provide mission-driven leadership, guidance and direction through day-to-day development and implementation of strategies, major service development plans, and the integration of services with a focus on impact, service quality, positive and measurable client outcomes, and sustainability.

Executive Director Franklin Monjarrez states, “I am thrilled that someone with so much history with our organization, and such a depth of experience in the nonprofit sector, will hold the position of Director of Operations. Diane is a strong, team-focused leader with a deep passion for Chautauqua County. I look forward to working with Diane and continuing Chautauqua Opportunities’ long history of social advocacy and community prosperity.”

Ms. Hewitt-Johnson brings extensive management experience to the position.  She served as the agency’s Director of Health since January, 2009.  In this role she was responsible for oversight of Chautauqua Opportunities’ Health Division where her duties included supervision, ensuring regulatory compliance, program and policy development, grant writing, and community partnerships and collaborations.  Prior to this, Ms. Hewitt-Johnson served as the agency’s Director of Economic Development where she assumed responsibility for the administration of economic development programs and associated activities of the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that included The Chautauqua Micro-enterprise Loan Fund, Women and Minority Loan Fund, Home Appliance Loan Fund, Building for Business Individual Accounts, and Small Business Incubator.

Ms. Hewitt-Johnson holds a Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College.  Regarding her recent promotion, Ms. Hewitt-Johnson provided the following statement:   “I am grateful for the opportunity to utilize my professional skills, leadership skills, and knowledge of the community to provide the much needed services that Chautauqua Opportunities (COI) offers to the residents of Chautauqua County.  I am dedicated to building upon the current services offered by focusing on the needs of the community, building community partnerships, and utilizing the skills of the talented staff at COI. I plan to streamline and implement strong systems throughout the agency which will ultimately allow Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. to change and grow along with the changing tides.”

Throughout its more than 50- year history, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. has responded to the needs of the local community. The non-profit has worked with municipalities, counties, school districts, private businesses, religious organizations, philanthropists and government to launch hundreds of programs and initiatives aimed at strengthening households and communities.