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    Loudoun Cares executive director resigns

    Andy Johnston leaves his post as executive director of Loudoun Cares after 11 years. Courtesy Photo

    Andy Johnston, the Times-Mirror's 2013 Citizen of the Year and executive director of Loudoun Cares, announced his resignation from his position with the Leesburg nonprofit Monday.

    The resignation goes into effect Sept. 30.

    “When I think about it, I've been at it for 11 years,” said Johnston on his time with Loudoun Cares. “I felt like it was a good time ... A good time for the board to get new and different leadership and new blood.”

    Nonprofit executive Amy Owen comes on board to fill Johnston's position as executive director.

    “It’ll be impossible to fill Andy’s shoes,” Owen said in a statement. “Andy is fantastically respected, and rightfully known as the ‘go to’ source for all things philanthropic in Loudoun County. My goal will be to maintain all that he has completed and support future efforts to help the Loudoun Cares Board of Directors assemble new staffing leadership.”

    But this isn't the end for Loudoun Cares and Johnston's relationship. He plans to continue offering his services as a volunteer. And the organization can expect his financial investment.

    “I've pledged my own level of financial support over the next few years,” Johnston said. “I'm totally committed to them completing the building [of a new headquarters space] and continuing the great projects that we've started here.”

    On a personal level, Johnston felt he needed to figure out what he wants to do for the last quarter of his career. As of right now, he's not sure what the next step will be, but he has decided to take some time to consider his move.

    “I don't want to rush it,” he said. “I want to take a chance to step back...I love Loudoun Cares. It's been the most incredible work experience, but it's been more than work. It's like a community experience...It's tough to leave...I have to figure out what the last quarter of my work career is going to be.”

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