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Carole Wilcox

In February, Butler said goodbye to Carole Wilcox, Director of Operations, as she transitioned into retirement. Through her 8+ years at Butler, Carole transformed our organization through her commitment to racial justice and organizational transparency. In her role, Carole was an integral part of shaping Butler’s DEIJ work. She was committed in her daily work and relationships to making Butler an equitable and safe environment. In the words of Executive Director, Robin Leake, “Carole taught me that building an anti-racist organization requires relentless action and effort, even when it’s painful and feels like 2 steps forward and 1 step back.”  

In addition to her commitment to building a healthy organizational culture, Carole was a vital contributor to numerous projects during her time at Butler. Notably, she served as co-director for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute’s LINKD team (Leading Information-Sharing Networks, Knowledge Management and Dissemination). She was also integral to Butler’s partnership with R.O.C.K. Mat-Su in Alaska, where she helped to implement the Family Contact Improvement Partnership. She was an expert child welfare trainer, facilitator and implementation specialist locally and nationally.  

Carole centered well-being and implemented some of Butler’s most beloved traditions, including no-meeting Fridays, summer non-essential meeting pauses, and capping standing meetings at 50 minutes. Above all, her colleagues will miss her loving nature, humor, and authenticity.  

In retirement, Carole plans to spend time with her children and grandchildren, travel, and write.

Through this transition, we have welcomed Angie Nelson as our new Director of Operations – welcome, Angie!

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