Rape Recovery Center names new Executive Director

After an extensive search, the Rape Recovery Center (RRC) Board of Directors has selected Mara Haight, current RRC Advocacy Coordinator, as the next Executive Director of the RRC. Mara Haight will replace Holly Mullen, who served as Executive Director from 2011 until December 2015.

Since December, Melinda Pettingill has served as the RRC’s Interim Executive Director as well as continuing her duties as the RRC Clinical Director. She will step down as Interim Executive Director on March 1, 2016, and will focus solely on her role as Clinical Director. Mara Haight will officially start as Executive Director on March 1, 2016.

“After an extensive search with many qualified candidates, the Board feels confident that Mara Haight is the right person to lead the Rape Recovery Center at this time,” said Melanie Heath, Rape Recovery Center Board Chair. “Mara has innovative ideas on how to strengthen and grow our agency, and we feel confident that she will lead the RRC to a bright future. We are grateful to the Interim Executive Director, Melinda Pettingill, for gracefully guiding the RRC through this transition.”

The Board collected 54 applications for the Executive Director position over a period of two months, and held interviews with candidates in January.

“The Rape Recovery Center is a truly extraordinary environment for empowered healing, and I feel honored at the opportunity to lead this organization as we move into our 42nd year of operation,” said Mara Haight. “Never before has the community been so ready to engage in the issues surrounding sexual violence, a readiness our incredible staff and volunteers are eager to meet. Our team is poised to continue growing our incredible programming, from advocacy and therapy services to prevention and education, and I am looking forward to developing the resources we need to ensure this growth.”

Mara Haight is currently the Advocacy Coordinator at the Rape Recovery Center, supervising all advocacy and crisis intervention programming. She is also currently a therapist at Healing Pathways Therapy Center and an instructor at Westminster College in Multicultural Counseling Theory. Prior to that, she worked at the RRC in many positions, including as a Hospital Response Team Advocate, a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern, and a Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate. Previously, she worked at Zurcher’s corporate office as a Finance Manager and at South Valley Sanctuary as the Finance and Human Resources Coordinator. She is active in the Utah Chapter of the Association for Women in Psychology. Mara Haight earned her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Westminster College, and BS in Economics and BS in Communication from the University of Utah.

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