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Outgoing Grandfather Home for Children CEO Jim Swinkola and interim CEO Brenda White-Wright
pause for a photo on Grandfather’s Banner Elk campus during a luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Photo by Jamie Shell

Originally published: 2013-12-25 20:14:32
Last modified: 2013-12-25 20:15:18

White-Wright named interim CEO of Grandfather Home for Children

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Grandfather Home for Children has named Dr. Brenda White-Wright as its interim chief executive officer, replacing retiring CEO Jim Swinkola.

White-Wright, a longtime serving board member with GHFC, has served for more than 20 years and has detailed understanding of the organization’s mission to serve children.

“I can say with all confidence that Brenda will be an outstanding leader for our ministry,” Homes for Children board chair Bill Wasulko said.

White-Wright will serve as interim CEO beginning Thursday, Jan. 1, 2014, as current GHFC CEO Swinkola retires after 31 years of service to the ministry of Grandfather Home.

“I can think of no better retirement gift than to shake the hand of Brenda as the interim CEO of the Grandfather Home for Children ministries. She has been chosen by God to bring healing to hurt children,” Swinkola said. "Grandfather Home for Children’s second century of service to children will begin in no better hands than those of Brenda White-Wright. After knowing Brenda for 20 years, it is clear that God called her to our ministry, first as a trustee and now as interim CEO."

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