By Teresa McComb, Board Chair, LeadingAge Kansas

Greetings LeadingAge Kansas members. I wanted to update you on what is happening with our CEO search. Since Debra’s retirement at the end of the year was announced a month ago, a Search Committee has been appointed to begin the process of finding her successor. The Committee consists of four LeadingAge Kansas Board members and two “at-large” members. They are Teresa McComb, Committee Chair, Karen Sturchio, Cheyenne Strunk, Shawn Sullivan, Bill Taylor, and Kevin Reimer. Nancy Hooks with LeadingAge National is serving as process advisor for the Committee. She has assisted several other LeadingAge State Partners in this manner. The Committee will start meeting soon and they will put together a CEO job description, a job posting, establish selection criteria, and then will begin the interview process. We hope to have a job posting ready to go out in the near future.

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Debra is LeadingAge Kansas’ President and CEO. She leads the overall affairs of the association, works closely with the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, oversight of financial resources, and of course, inspiring and leading the team. Additionally, she’s the primary spokesperson for the association, the liaison to LeadingAge National, and serves as the President and CEO of the association’s sister organizations, the Foundation and Employee Benefits, Inc. Her commitment and passion for aging services stems out of her deep love for her grandparents. She finds that helping the association’s members make a difference in the lives of the people they serve and being part of an organization that is not content simply preserving the status quo, are her favorite parts of her job. Debra, her husband, and their dog love traveling the open road together in a tiny 5th wheel Scamp. You can contact her directly at 785.233.7443 ext. 111.