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By Al Lowe
Contributing Writer 

MWCDC loses acting director,


October 30, 2007

An officer and a board member of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation both resigned days after new officers and board members were elected at an Oct. 18 meeting.

Andi Sharp, the former assistant director who was appointed interim director to replace director Ethan Raup when he left to take another job, resigned, effective Oct. 26.

Board member Mary Causey, a retired police officer, also resigned.

Both said they did it because of "the new direction of the leadership." "It's a direction I do not support," Ms. Sharp said.

"Elections are elections. Some you win and some you lose…You expect this to happen when there are elections. There are differences of opinion," Frank Valenta, the newly elected president, said.

As assistant director Ms. Sharp who has a master's degree in nonprofit management was responsible for audits, grants, contracts, day-to-day activities. She plans to pursue her interest in art and will seek employment with a museum or art organization.

Ms. Causey had been a police officer for 21 years and worked in community policing, the chief's office and undercover narcotics investigation. She co-chaired committees, wrote articles for the organization's newspaper, the Viewpoint, wrote grants and talked to her contacts on the police department.

"It was very time consuming," said Ms. Causey, adding that she wanted to find a better use for her energy. "I wish the organization and the community well."

"It's a volatile organization," Ms. Sharp said. "I'm very proud of the work I did there. I formulated business and financial operations. I'll use everything I learned in my future career."

Mr. Valenta campaigned for his slate of officers and board members. "We won by an overwhelming amount."

"We want to eliminate crime, improve housing, whatever else is needed. I'm confident we can work together and on each other's behalf for the good of the organization," Mr. Valenta said.

He said he was happy young and enthusiastic board members were elected. "I'm glad young people are getting involved."


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