Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

UPDATED: Apparent mystery ED hired at Maitri

Two months after the board of directors of the Maitri Compassionate Care announced that it had begun searching for a new executive director, the organization has apparently hired someone to replace Michael Smithwick, who is retiring.

(Maitri hospice has apparently hired a new executive director, but won't say who it is.)

(Maitri hospice has apparently hired a new executive director, but won’t say who it is.)

On October 17, Maitri, a 15-bed hospice at Church and Duboce streets, announced on its website and on the community site Nextdoor that the organization would introduce its new executive director at its annual holiday open house December 17.

But just who that person is remains a mystery.

Emails to Smithwick and to consultant Michael Colbruno, seeking information on the new executive director, were not answered.

Updated: 11:40 a.m.:Maitri development director Toni Newman said in an email that the agency has not yet hired an executive director.

“Maitri is still interviewing ED candidates and no ED has been selected by Maitri,” Newman stated. “I posted on Nextdoor website about our annual holiday open house event and we hope to have a final selection for the ED job to announce Saturday, December 17, at the open house.” End of update

In August, when Maitri announced Smithwick’s retirement, Colbruno, who heads the Milo Group consulting firm, said that negotiations to rent the agency’s 4,000 square foot ground floor space were “this close” to being complete. But no further details have been released.

Maitri’s ground floor space has been mired in controversy since Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which operates a chain of Out of the Closet thrift shops, settled an eviction lawsuit with Maitri over its rejection of a rent increase in 2015.

Maitri then endured harsh criticism earlier this year when it announced plans to lease the space to a sex offender rehab company, without giving nearby residents a heads up. That deal fell apart after a neighborhood uproar, and the space has remained vacant.

– reported by Sari Staver

— Cynthia Laird, October 19, 2016 @ 10:06 am PST
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