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After a year of “instability” Tenant Resource Center hires new executive director

MADISON (WKOW) — After nearly a year what the Tenant Resource Center (TRC) is calling, “instability,” the center has a new executive director.

According to a statement by the TRC, Robin Sereno has been named the new executive director. The office answers legal questions for tenants and landlords and provides services to people who are homeless.

“I am so honored and excited to be a part of this incredibly passionate, talented and justice-driven team,” Sereno said in a statement.

“I believe that as a community we agree that there is important work to be done regarding housing, which is why it is such a privilege to be in this position,” Sereno said.

Sereno said she wants to focus on the organization’s values of anti-oppression and core pieces of social justice.

As for the former executive director, Brenda Konkel, the board issued a statement apologizing to her after firing her in October 2018.

However, according to the Wisconsin State Journal, the board’s president said Konkel wasn’t fired. She and the board separated as part of a “mutually agreed upon separation.”

The article said when the board fired Konkel, she allegedly “mishandled funds.”

However, in the board’s recent apology to her, they admitted her separation from the TRC “did not involve progressive discipline, nor did it afford her the opportunity to understand, explain, dispute or rectify the allegations of financial mismanagement made against her.”

The statement continues to thank Konkel saying, “Brenda has always advanced the mission of the TRC, she has worked harder than any reasonable person could expect, and she has our deep appreciation for decades to come.”

Konkel said she’s excited to welcome Sereno to the center.

“I have complete confidence that she will provide strong, compassionate and thoughtful leadership to guide the TRC forward through the challenges that come with this new chapter,”  Konkel said.

Jessica Porter

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