There has been much talk about the future of Stamford’s Yerwood Center since it was announced in March that it might close due to financial hardship. Although the Center was able to remain open, there is disagreement about what’s best for the non-profit going forward.
After learning the Center was in danger of shutting down, former employee Bonnie Campbell filed an injunction against the Board of Directors for endangering the Center’s future and failing to abide by the organization’s bylaws. Campbell believes this is what led to her termination in March, but the Center’s Interim Executive Director and Board Chair, Fernando Luis Alvarez, says it was insubordination.
On Monday, April 14, Cambpell was joined by other former employees at Stamford Superior Court for the injunction hearing. After a status conference with Campbell and lawyers, the hearing was rescheduled to a later date.
"It's a long battle," said Campbell.
“Our hope moving forward is just to get the Yerwood Center to run more effectively,” said Dennis Bradley, attorney representing Campbell.. “We have some issues with their [board members] adherence to the bylaws. We want to make sure that the community is served appropriately.”
Bradley said some of the employees present Monday were fired and some resigned. He said the goal is not to regain their employment, but to assure the Center is running properly.
“What we’re looking to do is to have their board of directors and their executive officers appointed correctly and that, …… the democratic process that exists in the non profit; that they adhere to it, and that’s really what we want,” said Bradley.
The injunction hearing will take place on Monday, June 2. Click here to see It’s Relevant’s coverage on this story: Yerwood Center's Doors Remain Open
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