Third Sector Company is proud to announce that Marc Haupert is Interim Executive Director of Being Alive in Hollywood, CA following the untimely and tragic death of Executive Director Garry Bowie, and Third Sector Company affiliate, due to COVID-19.
Being Alive’s President Carla Ford made the announcement after action by the Board. We are honored that Bowie had previously worked with the Board to develop an executive transition plan which included a recommendation to place an interim executive in the event of a future need.
“We are grateful to have been able to maintain important services of Being Alive in the face of the new pandemic that tragically claimed our leader,” Carla Ford said. “It was a satisfyingly coincidence that an experienced local interim executive was available who had been a partner in Being Alive’s mission for decades.”
Marc Haupert, a long-time AIDS activist and previous winner of our “Interim of the Year” award, was the previous Executive Director of LA Shanti, Desert AIDS Project, and Chicago House and Social Service Agency. He has been involved in activism on behalf of all populations affected by HIV since the start of the HIV pandemic and in 1983 formed a group that started the first statewide AIDS service organization in Wisconsin.
Marc stated, “I have long admired Being Alive, that sprang out of our activist community at the same time as LA Shanti, and filled important service gaps in the governmentally administered service array in LA. It is an honor to work among the dedicated professionals at Being Alive who put their all into their daily work, particularly during this new pandemic. I look forward to building on Garry’s strong foundation to continue serving our diverse client population in the most efficient and needed ways.”
Recognition events to honor Garry Bowie’s life will be announced by his husband, Jeff Wacha, in the future; and Being Alive will be announcing new initiatives in his name.
All of the Third Sector Company community sends our very best to Marc and Being Alive for continuing to provide service to the most vulnerable communities affected by HIV disease during the current pandemic.
Since 1986, Being Alive has provided direct client support programs, services, and interventions to reach men and women of all ethnicities affected by HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County. Being Alive has continually developed, expanded, and refined a series of innovative responses to meet the specific mental health, educational, behavioral and health management needs of PLWH/A.
Third Sector Company and the graduates of Interim Executives Academy are available to provide vetted, highly-trained interim nonprofit leadership. From the training and experience at Interim Executives Academy, the graduates can provide a series of protocols and deliverables to ensure a successful interim leader engagement. They will also have access to mentorship and coaching through our community of interim leadership practice.
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