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New interim CEO at Denver JCC

Lara Knuettel

Lara Knuettel

Gary Wagner, board chair of the Staenberg-Loup JCC, announces changes to the leadership at the center.

Dr. Alison Hill concluded her 18-month service as consultant and CEO at the JCC on June 23.

Lara Knuettel will join the Staenberg-Loup JCC as interim CEO starting July 31.

Hill resumes her position as the managing partner of Sound Advice Consulting Services, the firm she founded with her husband Jason M. Hill over a decade ago.

During Hill’s tenure, the JCC focused on financial stability, operational excellence, capital improvements and strategic growth. Participation in day and resident camps, older adult and intergenerational classes and early childhood programming has steadily increased.

Memberships in the fitness and wellness and tennis centers are rising, and the early learning school enrollment has an extensive wait list.

Hill supported the organization through a transformation of the facility, as well as the JCC’s most successful fundraiser honoring the life and legacy of the late Bob Loup.

“Everyone who walks through the doors of the Staenberg-Loup JCC can appreciate the impact Ali had on this center,” Wagner says.

“On behalf of the board, I want to express our gratitude to Ali for her leadership.”

Lara Knuettel is currently the director of advancement at Aspen Academy, where she is responsible for the development, admissions, communications and marketing departments.

Prior to moving to Denver, she spent 25 years working in development and fundraising for non-profits, including UCLA Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

She was also the executive director of the For the Love of Life Foundation.

Jim Swiggart, the current director of the JCC tennis center, is the interim COO of the JCC effective immediately.

Swiggart has over 25 years of experience in managing recreational programs and facilities.

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