In 1982, Olivia Newton John’s song “Physical” hit number one on the charts, the most popular movie was “Fight Club,” Jane Fonda’s workout was all the rage, and Yvonne Johnson, who went on to become mayor of Greensboro, founded and began leading One Step Further Inc.

On Wednesday, May 1, she announced that she’ll step down as the non-profit’s executive director in June.

One Step Further now has nine programs meant to help community residents by providing services such as juvenile intervention to set kids on the right path in life, conflict mediation, and improving food security in Guilford County.

Andrena Coleman – who also has a great deal of experience with the program – will become the new executive director according to an announcement by Robbie Perkins, another former Greensboro mayor who’s now the chairman of the One Step Further Board of Directors.

In a May 1 press release, Johnson said that she’ll continue to work with the organization during the transition to the new executive director.

Johnson released a statement on the program and its work in the community.

“The work that One Step does is important to so many lives,” Johnson said. “I will do everything in my power to ensure that it continues to succeed. Although I’m taking a little rest, I am always nearby to assist the agency in any way I can.”

In the past 42 years, Johnson has taken One Step Further from a small start-up non-profit offering a single program to a $2-million-a-year institution with multiple programs that serves thousands.

“I am proud of the work that we have done,” said Johnson, who’s now 80. “But there comes a time when you know you must pass the torch.”

Coleman has worked in a volunteer capacity with One Step Further over the past 12 years, and has served two terms as the board’s chair overseeing the non-profit.

Perkins had plenty of words of praise for the future director.

 “We are delighted that Andrena Coleman has agreed to serve as our incoming executive director,” he said. “One Step Further is a unique organization. Andrena has seen it develop and is uniquely qualified to lead it.”

He added that there’s absolutely no way to replace Johnson.

 “She is a one-of-a-kind leader who has built this organization from scratch,” Perkins stated. “But Andrena has the institutional knowledge and managerial skill set to move this organization forward from day one.”

He also said, “Yvonne Johnson had this vision in 1982 that we could address certain social issues in a more productive way. Now, 40 years later, tens of thousands of people have been helped by this organization to lead better lives.”

A 40th anniversary celebration of the program last October included testimonials from former clients and agency partners, including police, attorneys, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston, who all spoke on the value of One Step Further and praised the work that it does in the community.

“I am so grateful for the support of our wonderful staff, our board members and community leaders over the years,” Johnson said. “I hope they will continue that support. One Step Further’s continued success depends on all of us. “