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MOM Pleased to Announce New Executive Director

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October 24, 2017

The MOM Board of Directors welcomes Ellen Carlson as the new Executive Director of Middleton Outreach Ministry.  
Carlson began her tenure with MOM in January of 2002. She served in many capacities in those 16 years. Her many leadership roles included volunteer and donor development, operations, program development, communications and strategic planning.
Upon accepting the position, Carlson shared that she has worked with a community of people deeply passionate about serving their neighbors with compassionate care. She said, "I am honored to continue working with them side by side, and also expanding our reach to include as many people as possible. MOM is truly for the community, and by the community."
"The Board of Directors is excited to welcome such a dynamic individual to the role as executive director," said Todd Smith, MOM Board President and Attorney with Godfrey & Kahn. "Over the past months, Ellen has lead the organization through a time of reflection and great transition as the interim director. We are confident that she will continue in the tradition of responsible and visionary leadership. She'll bring the people of our community together to make sure those most vulnerable are cared for, with dignity and hope."
Carlson has a long history of giving back to the community. Upon graduation from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Carlson joined AmeriCorps VISTA. Through VISTA placement, she worked with the Schools of Hope Literacy Project in the Madison area. She was a VISTA Leader for a year, a position that was housed at the United Way of Dane County. 
Carlson is well-known throughout the Madison community for her creative and collaborative projects. In 2015, she was named a 40 under 40 by InBusiness magazine, as someone who contributed to MOM's growth, innovation, and success in 2015. In 2017, Carlson was again recognized for being inspiring, innovative and empowering woman who enriches the greater Madison area as a Woman to Watch in BRAVA magazine.  Carlson also serves on the governing board of her church, First United Methodist.
Ellen's husband Michael works in the area of affordable housing.  Together, they are the parents of two strong-willed, loving and curious boys, ages 9 and 12.