By Dave Schwab
There’s been a change in the guard at La Jolla’s Riford Center.
Dona Aumann, executive director at the Center since June 2010, stepped down from her post, effective July 5.
“We regret that Dona is no longer there: It was a personnel decision that was not reached easily,” Glen Rasmussen, chair of the Riford Center’s 14-member board, said Thursday.
Rasmussen said Nancy Walters, assistant director, is serving as interim head of the facility which is managed by the Friends of the Riford Center, a community-based 501(c)(3) corporation established in 2007, under a lease from the city of San Diego which owns the facility.
The Friends Board of Directors is responsible for strategic oversight of the Riford Center activities and operations. Much of the work at the Riford is undertaken by volunteers.
Rasmussen said there were no immediate plans to begin the process to select Aumann’s successor, adding it will be business as usual at the center, which is in the midst of a multi-phase remodel, part of its transformation from senior to adult facility.
The Riford Center recently completely redoing its central courtyard, a project that included putting in a decorative fountain, drought-tolerant landscaping, all-new furniture and shade structures.