Last year Nancy Salamy, our
Executive Director (ED) for the last fifteen years, informed the Board that she
would like to retire at the end of June, 2019. Although it was hard for us to
imagine the agency without her strong leadership, this gave us plenty of time
to prepare for an orderly transition. The Board set up a Transition and Search
Committee in September and the careful, thoughtful transition process has
begun. We have hired Leadership Search Partners, a Bay Area executive search
firm for nonprofits, to help us find the best possible new leader.
Nancy spent much of her professional
life with Crisis Support Services (CSS, formerly Suicide Prevention) of Alameda
County, starting over 25 years ago as a volunteer on the crisis line. Over the
years she became a licensed therapist, a paid staff person, and then the
Director of the Community Education Program. When a former ED left in 2004,
following a nationwide search, we promoted Nancy to become our new ED,
perfectly embodying the deep values and mission of our organization. During her
time of leadership Nancy deepened her management skills and used her business
acumen and outgoing personality to build cohesion, expand services, grow our
reputation, and triple our budget. Thanks to her leadership, CSS stands as a
well-respected, solidly-funded service agency well positioned to manage this
major change and move on to new challenges, just as Nancy herself must make
personal adjustments as she moves on to a well-deserved retirement.
We are grateful to have had Nancy’s
leadership for these many years, and we are planning various celebrations.
Please stay tuned for future announcements. In the meantime please send your
personal thanks to her at email@example.com.