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Pat’s Place executive director resigns

Anne Pfeiffer, executive director of Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, is shown in a 2012 photo outside the agency. She said her goal has been is to eradicate sexual abuse of children, but until then, Pat’s Place is there to help.
Anne Pfeiffer, executive director of Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, is shown in a 2012 photo outside the agency. She said her goal has been is to eradicate sexual abuse of children, but until then, Pat’s Place is there to help. LAUREN BAILEY

Anne Pfeiffer, founding executive director of Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, is leaving after 13 years to return home to Ohio.

Pfeiffer wants to be closer to her mother, who has health issues, said Lina Komanduri, chair of the Pat’s Place board of directors. Komanduri said Pfeiffer plans to leave in late May.

“Anne’s work as a champion of child victims of sexual abuse and other trauma in our community has been transformational,” Komanduri said. “The board of directors is tremendously grateful for her 13 years of exceptional leadership and devoted service to our community and its children.”

Pat’s Place has served more than 3,500 Mecklenburg County children and helped implement public policy to keep children safe.

The board plans to hire an interim executive director who will work with Pfeiffer before her departure, Komanduri said. The board is hiring an executive search firm to conduct a national search for a permanent executive director, she said.

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