ACE Awareness Foundation’s Executive Director, Ellen Rolfes, will be leaving the organization effective October 1, 2017 to pursue other professional endeavors.  Ms. Rolfes guided the Foundation through its initial developmental phase into its current position as an emerging prototype for community collaboration on eliminating the causes and associated outcomes of familial toxic stress.

“It has been a privilege to have served on the leadership team that took this organization from a fragile pilot to become a more sustainable model,” Ms. Rolfes wrote in her letter to the foundation board.  “I look forward to knowing the new Executive Director and pledge to give unconditional support to the new leadership.”

ACEAF Board Chair Stephen Bush thanks Ms. Rolfes for her invaluable contributions in building the organization and launching its support services and other initiatives.

“We are grateful to Ellen Rolfes for her unwavering, enduring commitment to preventing adverse childhood experiences for all children,” Chairman Bush stated.

“With unparalleled passion, Ms. Rolfes stepped in to lead during an important period of transition for the ACE Awareness Foundation, igniting efforts to establish new Universal Parenting Places at Perea Preschool, Christ Community Health, and — soon — at Idlewild Presbyterian.  Her legacy will be long honored as ACEAF moves forward with our state and regional partners to develop and scale sophisticated tools for education and training, ensure sustainability for UPPs, and reframe policy at all levels so that our children can grow into wholeness and health. It is with deep gratitude for her efforts to advance this transformational work that we wish Ellen every success in her coming pursuits. “

The ACE Awareness Foundation will undertake a national search to fill the Executive Director position.  In the interim, the board will work with ACEAF staff to manage the daily operations of the Foundation.  Ms. Rolfes will continue to participate in the community dialogue about childhood emotional trauma as a seminar development consultant.

We look forward to advancing the work of our Foundation and Universal Parenting Places operating partners to inform the community about the role of emotional trauma, and execute preventable and sustainable solutions to reducing toxic stress in family systems. Together, we remain committed to strengthening families in Shelby County and throughout the Mid-south region by fostering the health and wellbeing of our children.