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Hubbard House CEO Announces Retirement, Search for Replacement Begins

February 22, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Feb. 22, 2017 – Today, Hubbard House announced that Chief Executive Officer Ellen Siler will retire in 2017 once a replacement has been hired. Siler’s decision to retire will bring to a close a remarkable and distinguished career of more than 25 years of service to domestic violence victims and their children.

“Ellen Siler has been at the helm of Hubbard House for nearly 20 years of the organization’s 40-year history,” said Bob Baldwin, president of the board of directors. “She was there when the movement was just gaining ground, and she has seen it through to the current day, when domestic violence is broadly understood as a crime, and victims are validated and helped. On behalf of all of us on the board of directors, I say, well done, Ellen, and thank you.”

“For almost two decades, I’ve been privileged to serve as the CEO of Hubbard House, one of the very first domestic violence shelters in the Southeast,” Siler said. “I’m looking forward to a relaxing retirement and to seeing Hubbard House pass into the hands of a new generation of leadership. Beyond retirement, I will be available, as needed, as an advisor.” The board of directors will conduct the process to choose Siler’s successor.

During Siler’s tenure as CEO, from 1998 through 2017, Hubbard House:
• Initiated the Intimate Violence Enhanced Services Team (InVEST) program, a partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the City of Jacksonville. Daily, a Hubbard House advocate, a detective and a city employee review domestic violence police reports, evaluate cases for lethal indicators and proactively contact the victims to offer services. The program has been credited with reducing intimate partner homicides in Duval County and has been replicated statewide.
• Embedded domestic violence victim advocates as part of the justice system. Advocates are now onsite at the Duval County Courthouse and at the Department of Children and Families to provide services to victims.
• Established a separate 501©(3) corporation, Hubbard House Foundation — with $7 million in assets — which provides financial stability for the organization and ensures Hubbard House will always be available to supply shelter and services to domestic violence victims and their children.
• Purchased and opened an Outreach Center on Beach Boulevard which is also the permanent home of their Thrift Store.
• Increased the capacity of the agency from a $2.6 million to a $4.7 million budget and expanded the emergency shelter from 86 to 116 beds to meet the growing need for services.

In addition to serving as Hubbard House’s CEO, Ellen also served as board president of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence and was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Commission on Minimum Standards for Batterers’ Intervention Programs, the first statewide Fatality Review Team, and the Governor’s Commission on Marriage and Family Support. Locally, she chairs the Domestic Violence Intervention Project and is a past chair of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She has been recognized as a Business Journal Ultimate CEO and Woman of Influence, Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women Poster Honoree, Women in Business Pioneer of the Year and Court TV Everyday Hero.

Beyond retirement, Siler will remain actively involved with the Women’s Giving Alliance, Downtown Rotary, and the Jacksonville Women’s Network.

Hubbard House is a full-service certified domestic violence center providing prevention and intervention to domestic violence survivors and their families in Duval and Baker counties in Northeast Florida