Heather Powell, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Door County, has accepted a position in Bellingham, Wash., as the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County.
Monday's announcement was not unexpected. Powell's husband, Dan, left his post at the Door County YMCA and started last month as CEO of the Whatcom Family YMCA, also located in Bellingham.
In making the announcement, the Door County club said Powell leaves behind an organization that is stronger than ever. Over the last three years membership has grown by more than 800 percent and today average daily attendance is 115 members. Nearly one in three elementary age students in the Sturgeon Bay School District are members of the club. New programs like the Monday Meal program, Teen Center programming and Power Hour were added to make sure that members' needs are being met.
"This community needs a club; our participation in programming demonstrates that and I have been thrilled to work with a great team of people to make sure that every Door County child has an opportunity at a great future," Powell said.
The board will meet this month to put a search committee together to begin the process of filling the vacancy.
"During Heather's tenure, the organization has seen significant increases in attendance, improved financial stability and greatly enhanced board and committee operations," said Inge Bacon, the board chair. "Our search committee will be looking for someone to continue those efforts as we work to expand the impact we have in the lives of the children of this community."
Powell's last day will be Oct. 28 at the conclusion of the Monday Meal.
"It is fitting that her last act would be to have one last meal with the members," said Julie Davis, director of operations for the Club. "This is the club program she is most passionate about."
The announcement said that a reorganization of the staff structure this fall and the addition of some new staff will allow the club to continue to meet the goals in its strategic plan while it looks for the next leader.
"The work I have done here has been both personally and professionally rewarding," Powell said. "We have the greatest mission in the world; I am thrilled that I will have a continued connection with the Door County Club as we all work to enable young people to reach their full potential, we will just be doing it 2,085 miles apart."