The Second Mile CEO Resigns
On Sunday, the Board of Directors of The Second Mile accepted Dr. Jack Raykovitz’s resignation. Raykovitz was the CEO of the organization for the past 28 years, and he and the Board of Directors both believe this is in the organization’s best interests. Taking over the job of CEO will be David Woodle, the current Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Raykovitz released this statement with his resignation:
I have submitted, and the Board has accepted, my resignation as President/CEO of The Second Mile. Providing any statement beyond that sentence takes the focus from where it should be – on the children, young adults and families who have been impacted. Their pain and their healing is the greatest priority, and my thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with them. I continue to urge anyone with information regarding this investigation to contact investigators from the Office of Attorney General at 814-863-1053 or Pennsylvania State Police at 814-470-2238.
A mother wrote to The Second Mile this week, ‘I am saddened by the prospect of people losing faith in this amazing organization…What you have built in my child is a confidence, a sense of belonging, respect, joy in helping others, and most importantly, his self esteem…” I hope that my resignation brings with it the beginning of that restoration of faith in the community of volunteers and staff who, along with the children and families we serve, are The Second Mile.
According to a press release, released today, the organization will “conduct an internal investigation to assess internal policies, procedures and processes,” as well as “make recommendations regarding [the organization’s] future operations.” The organization hopes that the findings from the investigation will be ready by the end of December. They also will continue to fully cooperate with authorities in the investigation.
In addition, The Second Mile has hired Archer & Greiner as their General Counsel. Archer & Greiner succeeds the previous law counsel, Wendell Courtney, who resigned last week.