Eagan, Minn., (October 27, 2014) — CaringBridge, the nonprofit organization created so people experiencing a health journey can remain connected to their family and friends, hires Liwanag Ojala as Chief Operating Officer. Ojala will lead management by establishing operational direction to achieve the goals of CaringBridge and further its mission to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world.
Ojala brings a combined 16 years experience to CaringBridge between developing digital strategy at the executive level and practicing as an attorney with a law degree from the University of Minnesota. She previously served as Vice President of eCommerce at Meijer and President of Pear Tree Greetings. She also held the positions of President at SimonDelivers and General Manager at CobornsDelivers.
“I am looking forward to working closely with the CaringBridge team on developing the next chapter in the organization's story and leading the team to achieve its strategic and operational goals. I’m honored to work with Sona Mehring, an innovator who was the first to see the value of creating a digital community to support people in times of need,” said Ojala.
CaringBridge was excited to work with the new executive search firm of Ballinger | Leafblad to fill the COO position. “As a former board member and volunteer with CaringBridge, we were very grateful for the opportunity to partner in the search for the organization’s first COO as we care deeply about the mission and work,” said Lars Leafblad, Co-founder and Principal of Ballinger | Leafblad.
“Liwanag brings a blend of digital and entrepreneurial experience, as well as senior management expertise to this role. Her leadership and fresh perspective will help impact more people’s lives as CaringBridge continues to deliver on our mission,” said Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge.
CaringBridge is a nonprofit organization created so people experiencing a health journey can remain connected to their family and friends. Its mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. CaringBridge, started in 1997, provides free websites with customized security settings and is completely ad-free. More than 43 million people visited the site in 2013, and half a million people connect through CaringBridge every day. For more information, visit www.CaringBridge.org