New director of operations at UP Center

Nicole Frydman, director of operations at Uniting Pride

Nicole Frydman was named the new director of operations at the Uniting Pride Center of Champaign County in October.

“I’m honored by the Board’s belief in me to take on this leadership position,” Frydman said when reached for comment. “I’m eager to get to work building on the incredible efforts of volunteers and past staff that brought the organization to where it is today. I just hope I’m able to meet the moment with all it deserves. With humility, with kindness, with thoughtfulness, with sticktoitiveness, with compassion, with strength, with owning my expertise where it applies and with open-minded learning for where it doesn’t. With bravery for staring down the face of bigotry. With empathy for where that bigotry comes from (fear and hurt, to be sure). And with forgiveness when someone genuinely wants to move past what they used to believe.”

She said that her main goals with the UP Center are building financial stability with increased fundraising efforts, adding staff and programming and deepening the programming the center already has.