CaringBridge, the Eagan-based nonprofit social network that allows people to share the health updates of their loved ones, announced that their founding CEO Sona Mehring and the board have named Liwanag Ojala as their new CEO.

Mehring will transition to the role of chief ambassador. Ojala, who joined the organization as chief operating officer in 2014, officially steps into her new role as CEO on February 1.

Mehring started the company in 1997 as a way to share the health news of a couple's newborn baby.

Sona Mehring

Since then the idea became a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization and over a half million CaringBridge websites have been created.

“I am very proud of the tremendous growth of CaringBridge during the past two decades and the impact it has made on millions of people’s lives," Mehring said in the news release. "I want to do more by being an active ambassador for CaringBridge and speaking about the power of social networks and its impact on healing,”

Ojala, who has a law degree from the University of Minnesota, previously worked as vice president of e-commerce at Meijer, a Michigan-based retail chain. She also held executive positions at Pear TreeGreetings, SimonDelivers and CobornsDelivers and was an associate at the Briggs and Morgan law firm.

Liwanag Ojala (photos courtesy of CaringBridge)

The change is part of CaringBridge's succession planning.

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