Dear Supporters,

In case you missed the announcement this past June, Donna Garske is stepping down as Center for Domestic Peace’s executive director in February 2024 after serving for 44 years. Her thoughtful departure comes at a time when she can joyfully exit, knowing the foundational work of the organization has contributed significantly to the international efforts to end domestic violence.

Donna began her career at C4DP as a volunteer coordinator in 1977, quickly advanced to executive director, and has since played a vital role in the organization’s growth. Her insights and relentless pursuit of a safer society have enabled the organization to secure critical resources, develop innovative programs, and foster partnerships that make a lasting impact.

In this edition of PeaceWatch, we share the monumental milestones and achievements of the organization over the past 45 years guided by Donna’s strategic leadership. On behalf of the board and all who have been touched by Donna’s contributions, we’re grateful for her unwavering commitment and tireless advocacy.

As the board of directors, we are confident in the process we have in place to recruit the next executive director. We’ve assembled a search team and hired an experienced firm to assist with selecting the next leader.

Additionally, the board created a transition task force comprised of board members, C4DP’s deputy executive director, and other staff. The Task Force will ensure that the transition process from now through onboarding a new executive director is thoughtfully carried out, supports our new leader, helps advance inclusion, and maximizes the positive impact that this transition can bring to our staff, community, and service users. We look forward to our continued work in eliminating domestic violence.

There will be a celebration for Donna in the future, so please watch for that information. I hope you’ll join us in honoring Donna for her 44 years of service, vision, and compassion – a legacy that will continue to benefit countless communities well into the future.


Onward toward domestic peace,
Cynthia Murray
Board Chair