Affirmations Board of Director's President Resigns


Affirmations, the largest LGBTQ+ community center in Michigan, announced Tuesday that Brad Bell has decided to step down as president of the board effective Nov. 17. Bell served many years as a volunteer, a board member, the Spring Bash Chairperson, the board secretary, and most recently as the board president. Mike Flores, the current vice president, will assume the role of interim-president until the next board elections in May 2018.

Brad Bell stated, "After four years of serving on the Affirmations Board, I have decided to step down from the board. During that time the center has seen improved financial stability under Susan Erspamer's leadership, the development of many new programs, and has recently completed a new strategic plan. I was honored to work with staff and other board members to help layout the new vision, mission, and strategy for the center. I also leave knowing the board has added an amazing group of individuals who will lead the center into the future. I have a high level of confidence there will be a smooth transition of board leadership to Mike Flores, who will take over the remaining months of my term. Mike has been leading the development committee, and he was instrumental in the strategic planning process."

Flores commented, "Affirmations Board of Directors would like to thank Brad Bell for his years of service. His unwavering support brought stability and set a trajectory of success for the center. Brad shepherded the executive team through a strategic planning process identifying a new vision and mission to guide Affirmations over the next 10 years. I look forward to build on his efforts, and to work with the board through the center's next phase."

The succession plan outlined ensures the board and the center continue to perform its core mission. Flores' background in finance, strategy development, and program management will benefit the center as he presides over the board, works to finalize the 2018 budget, and chairs the 2018 Spring Bash Event.

"On behalf of Affirmations, I would like to thank Brad for his support during my tenure. His commitment to the center was instrumental in shaping the future of Affirmations," said Erspamer. "I would also like to congratulate Mike Flores for his new role as interim president. I look forward to working with him as we finalize the 2018 budget and roll out the new Affirmations Vision & Mission."

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