Dear Al-Anon and Alateen Members,

At the beginning of the 2017 World Service Conference (WSC), the Board of Trustees announced we were beginning the search for the next Executive Director. I am pleased to share that following a series of interviews, the last of which was held July 19th with the full Board, we are ready to make that announcement.

It is with great pleasure that the Board of Trustees, Al-Anon Family Groups, Inc. announces that on September 5th 2017, Vali F. will begin her tenure as our next Executive Director. Vali brings with her over 15 years as an active Al-Anon member. She served as a Panel 53 Delegate from Arizona, Area Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Additional Al-Anon service roles include AIS Chair, and Alateen Coordinator. Vali also brings over 20 years of business experience including management of teams of staff throughout the world. Vali has a keen understanding of the world’s ever changing landscape and how those changes have and will continue to impact the growth and diversity of our fellowship. Vali fully embraces the continued need to find new ways to reach those whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Our current Executive Director, Mary G. has committed to working side by side with Vali beginning September 5th through the October Board meeting. This transition period will ensure that our new Executive Director, our WSO staff and our fellowship as a whole experience a smooth transition.

As shared in previous announcements, the Board believes this transition period is supported by the spiritual principles of our program by offering the sharing of our experience, strength and hope. We then let go and allow the new Executive Director the freedom to oversee the World Service Office in her own way as outlined in Concept Eleven.

We ask that you share the announcement of our next Executive Director with your fellow members. These are exciting times for our fellowship, filled with hope, enthusiasm and a continued commitment to ensuring that all people affected by someone else’s drinking will find help and recovery in every community.

With much gratitude,

Debbie L. G.
Chairperson, Board of Trustees
Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

2017-08-07T08:51:03+00:00August 4, 2017|Categories: Announcements|


  1. Isabel L September 2017 at 1:53 pm


    Gracias por su servicio
    Saludos desde Redwood City California!!!

  2. joan W September 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Vali – how absolutely wonderful. Our fellowship will be enriched by your experience and sense of joy. Hugs.
    Joan W. CA N.

  3. Jack September 2017 at 8:36 am

    Vali is a wonderful choice to serve as our new Executive Director. I am so happy for her and for all of us too. These are exciting times we live in today in terms of new ways to reach out and help all those who have been affected by alcoholism. And Mary, what a job you’ve done for our fellowship and for the World Service Office. Love and hugs to you both.

  4. Uthica A. September 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Congratulations and best wishes! Thank you for your love and service…From Durban, South Africa

  5. Sue C. August 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Well Hello Vali,

    Congratulations! I loved serving with you during Panel 53. I am so
    proud of you and believe you will do a terrific service for our fellowship.

    Just keep on……Rollin’ along…Singing our song…Side by side.

    Sue C.
    WA Area
    Panel 53

  6. Kathy G August 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Congratulations on your new position Val! Also thank you to Mary. I had the pleasure to meet our long serving Executive Director and I know the position is an honor to hold and significant as Al-Anon moves down the path into 2018 and beyond. As a member for nearly 28 years, I feel grateful for your willingness and your leadership as you assume the Executive role. Al-Anon is because we say yes over and over.

  7. Janet G. August 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you Mary and congratulations Vali! Thanks to all of you for your hard work!

    Janet G.
    Omaha, Ne

  8. Kathie August 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Congratulations Vali! I am so happy for you. You will be a great Executive Director❤️ You made Arizona proud.

  9. Dana H. August 2017 at 7:31 pm

    so happy for all of us!

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