Hawthorne Community Center announces that long-time Executive Director Diane Arnold is retiring in early January after 50 years working at the center.  The center’s board has also chosen Deputy Director Elaine Dillahunt to replace her.

The center serves the Westside of Indianapolis and provides a variety of services for all ages including early education, financial literacy classes and senior citizen programming.

“Hawthorne Community Center has been my ‘family business’ in many ways,” said Hawthorne Executive Director Diane Arnold. “My mother was the executive director before me and I grew up there.  I am honored to have worked there for five decades and will truly miss the special people, sweet children and good parents we serve.”

Arnold’s retirement was recently recognized with the naming of a street in her honor that runs on the west side of the community center.  Diane Arnold Way will ensure that her numerous contributions will be forever recognized.

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Dillahunt was chosen to replace Arnold after an open search.

“Elaine has been learning the ropes since she joined us in March of 2017 and will be able to seamlessly move into the role of executive director,” said Arnold.  “She brings incredible management experience and a passion for helping children and the community to the role.”

Dillahunt has more than 35 years of experience in community programs and services, most recently as the superintendent of operations at Indy Parks and Recreation. During her tenure at Indy Parks, Dillahunt held a variety of positions including interim director.

Hawthorne Community Center has been serving the Near Westside of Indianapolis for more than 90 years.  The center provides services for neighborhood residents ranging from early education to adult financial literacy programs. Hawthorne includes three separate buildings serving youth, adults and senior citizens. More information on Hawthorne Community Center can be found at www.hawthornecenter.org.