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WHISTLESTOP PROMOTES ASHLEY BAKER TO CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

WHISTLESTOP PROMOTES ASHLEY BAKER TO CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICERSan Rafael, Calif. (March 11, 2019)Whistlestop, a San Rafael-based nonprofit that promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County, announced the promotion of Ashley Baker to chief people officer. In this new position, Baker continues to report to CEO Joe O’Hehir and is responsible for leading a workforce of over 400 employees and volunteers who work to support Whistlestop’s mission.

“Whistlestop spends 70 cents of every dollar on people who work to meet the rapidly growing human service needs of older adults and persons with disabilities in our community,” said O’Hehir. “We’re fortunate to have a talented HR professional such as Ashley to lead Whistlestop’s workforce.”

Baker joined Whistlestop in October 2013 and served as human resources manager and human resources director, before her promotion to chief people officer. Prior to joining Whistlestop, Baker worked at national outdoor gear and clothing retailer REI in their human resources department for 18 years.

Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She resides in Novato, California.

The announcement of Baker’s promotion comes on the heels of four additional positions new to Whistlestop. Bill Cullison was appointed development operations director in February 2019, Nancy Geisse was appointed chief operating officer in January 2019, Yvonne Roberts was promoted to chief donor relations officer in December 2018, and Jeff Wands was appointed chief financial officer in October 2018.

MEDIA PLEASE NOTE: To request an interview with Ashley Baker or Joe O’Hehir, please contact Gus Nodal at gus.nodal@gmail.com or (415) 609-3438.

ABOUT WHISTLESTOP:

Founded in 1954 as Marin Senior Coordinating Council, Whistlestop promotes the independence, well-being and quality of life for older adults and people living with disabilities in Marin County. Whistlestop’s Active Aging Center provides delicious meals, educational classes, multicultural gatherings and helpful information and referral services. Whistlestop also provides special needs transportation services through Marin Access, a partnership of Whistlestop, Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit, and operates Marin’s Meals on Wheels program, serving meals to over 250 homebound seniors each week in the Marin community. For more information about Whistlestop and its classes and services, visit www.whistlestop.org.

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