WATSONVILLE — Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust CEO Caitlin Brune announced Thursday that she will be resigning her position at the end of the calendar year after two years at the helm.

Brune succeeded the Health Trust’s founding CEO, Kathleen King, in mid-October 2016.

She said that leaving the position was among the toughest decisions she has faced.

“I love this community — the dignity, generosity and strength of its hardworking people, its connectedness, and the grace and grit that make it so distinctive,” she said. “I also believe deeply in the staff, mission and purpose of this organization, and the potential for the Health Trust to facilitate progress toward health equity.”

PVCHT Board Chair Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson said that Brune has been “visionary and bold” in her leadership.

“She has taken a strong organization to the next phase in serving the community, establishing systems and structures that will allow the Health Trust to create pathways for health equity for all,” Kalantari-Johnson said.

Brune will remain in her role to launch the Health Trust’s fiscal year 2019 grant making cycle and oversee the organization’s annual Evening of Wine & Roses fundraiser.

PVCHT will open up the hiring process sometime in the next month.

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