The Double H Ranch, a nonprofit organization providing specialized programs and year-round support for children dealing with life-threatening illnesses announced the hiring of Alison Wilcox as CEO.
Wilcox will be following in the footsteps of Max Yurenda, who retired after 30 years leading the organization founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman and businessman and philanthropist Charley Wood.
“Alison has a wonderful passion for the mission of the Double H Ranch and a respect for our culture. Her experience developing leadership skills for young girls; financial management; and organizational development will inspire the Double H Ranch to grow upon its reputation of excellence as one of the premier non-profits in the Capital District and North Country. By working with our great Double H Ranch team, I am confident Alison will bring great enthusiasm, energy, and engagement in her new role,” said Charlie Crew, the facility’s board chairman.
Wilcox has over 20 years of global experience in nonprofit leadership and board governance and has been the CEO of Girl Scouts of Western New York for the past four years, and she was COO for three years.
Prior to that, she was a senior strategy advisor to Girl Scouts of USA, lead development specialist at Delaware North Companies and the senior vice president of program and membership of Girls Scouts of Western New York.
Double H’s board of directors retained the executive search firm Lindauer to conduct a nationwide search following the announcement of Yurenda’s retirement in June of 2022.
“I am so excited to join the team at Double H Ranch. The mission of Double H is near and dear to my heart because of my own family background, and I am inspired by the powerful impact Double H has on children and their families,” said Wilcox. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the next CEO for this wonderful organization, which has such a strong history and legacy, and obvious commitment and dedication from the entire staff, volunteer, camper, and alumni community.”
She will officially assume the role of CEO in August and plans to relocate to New York’s Adirondack Park where the Double H Ranch is located.
The Double H Ranch, co-founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. All programs are free of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks. For more information, visit www.doublehranch.org.