Dear Children’s Future Family,
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Children’s Future, I am excited to announce the appointment of Sarah Hidey as the Interim Executive Director of Children’s Future beginning March 22, 2016. This appointment is a result of current Children’s Future Executive Director, Melissa Theesen, accepting a position as the Managing Director of ECDC African Community Center of Denver, a refugee resettlement agency that annually welcomes and resettles more than 500 refugees from around the world. Melissa formerly worked for ECDC African Community Center in direct services and program management positions.
Melissa has been an integral part of our team for nearly three years as the Executive Director, Director of Operations, a donor, and a board member. Melissa has a deep commitment to the organization and has pledged her ongoing support in a variety of meaningful ways. Melissa has committed to working closely with Sarah Hidey through this transition.
“This was an extremely difficult decision as I have loved every second of working with Children’s Future. The students, staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, donors, corporate funders, foundations, and all stakeholders are incredible. Children’s Future is a compassionate, forward-thinking organization that has endless potential. I plan to remain a friend of Children’s Future for years to come.”
Sarah Hidey has been appointed by the Board of Directors as Interim Executive Director and is charged to ensure stability and continuity of services while recruiting for long-term leadership. Sarah states, “I am excited to support Children’s Future through this transition. Having just spent a week with Children’s Future’s amazing staff members on the ground in Battambang, Cambodia, I couldn’t be more proud and inspired by the work that is being done to educate and protect children. I will do everything I can to empower our US and Cambodia teams during this transition.”
Sarah Hidey joined Children’s Future in 2014 as a board member and strong supporter. Sarah’s experience is heavily focused on nonprofit consulting, fundraising, management, and social enterprise development. Sarah’s career spans from serving as a Managing Associate at JVA Consulting to Grants Manager at the Denver Rescue Mission and Senior Program officer for World Relief in Asia and West Africa. Sarah is currently Founder and Managing Director of Catalytic Ventures, LLC, a social enterprise consulting business focused on helping nonprofits and social entrepreneurs increase their capacity, launch and sustain new programs and businesses, and access financing. Sarah holds an MBA in International Economic Development and a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on International Studies. Sarah worked in Cambodia during her time with World Relief and visited Children’s Future Learning Center in February 2016. Sarah has relinquished her Children’s Future Board of Directors seat for the duration of her time as the Interim Executive Director.
Sarah Hidey has the full support of the Board of Directors, staff and multiple organizational stakeholders to serve as Interim Executive Director. Sarah will work primarily from our US-based office at the Posner Center for International Development in Denver, Colorado.
For any questions regarding the transition, please contact me directly.
President, Children’s Future Board of Directors