Sanctuary, Incorporated Names its New Executive Director

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Guam – Sanctuary Incorporated of Guam’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Millie Lujan as its new Executive Director.

Lujan joined Sanctuary in October 1997 to continue her passion in helping the island’s youth. Prior to joining Sanctuary Lujan held various teaching and administrative positions in the Guam Department of Education including School Administrator of Wettengel Elementary School and Upi Elementary School. She has served in many different capacities in the organization and most recently was the Community Outreach Prevention Education Development (COPED) Program Administrator. Lujan has extensive experience in grant writing and has managed various projects and grants for Sanctuary over the past 13 years. In 2008, Lujan was also instrumental in Sanctuary obtaining accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) , the first Human Services organization to do so in the Pacific Region.

“The Executive Director search committee conducted a nationwide search for a new executive director beginning in October 2009, and unanimously agreed that Ms. Lujan was the best qualified applicant. We are thrilled that having solicited applications from around the country, the best-qualified candidate was someone from within our organization, who knows Sanctuary’s needs and the needs of our island’s youth and families.  Ms. Lujan is knowledgeable, experienced, has already demonstrated the kind of initiative and open-mindedness we were looking for, and most importantly, is completely devoted to Sanctuary’s mission: Helping Youth and Families Help Themselves,” says Rob Weinberg, Chairman of the Board for Sanctuary, Incorporated.

“I am grateful for the opportunity and honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the organization. I look forward to overcoming the many challenges that Sanctuary encounters. Sanctuary has grown over the years and it is my privilege to ensure the organization continues to provide the highest quality of youth services on the island and in the region,” says Millie Lujan, newly appointed Executive Director of Sanctuary, Incorporated.

Sanctuary, Incorporated was founded in November 1971 whose mission is “Helping Youth and Families Help Themselves.”  Sanctuary, Incorporated is a community based organization which exists to improve the quality of life for Guam’s youth, to promote reconciliation during times of family conflicts, to foster the development of responsible community members, and to advocate for their needs in an effort to preserve family unity by providing: 24-hour crisis intervention services, temporary safe refuge during family conflicts and abuse, supportive counseling for youth and families, outreach, education and prevention programs.