LeAnn Massey, the face of Respite Care in Fort Collins for more than 24 years, is retiring in June 2022.
Respite Care, which provides short-term care for children with developmental disabilities, will begin its search for a new executive director in January, according to a news release announcing Massey’s retirement.
Massey joined the nonprofit Respite Care more than 24 years ago and has served as executive director for 12 years.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to make such a difference in so many lives,” Massey said in a statement. “Some of my happiest moments were spent with the kids as they learned and grew. One of the most meaningful parts of my job was connecting with donors, staff and volunteers, working together to fund, support and implement caregiving programs that benefited so many children and their families.”
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Massey, a fourth generation Fort Collins resident, said she plans to stay in the area after leaving Respite Care.
“It has been a joy to work with LeAnn over the years,” Larry Brazil, president of Respite Care’s board of directors, said in a statement. “Her vision, talent, leadership and tireless efforts have greatly helped Respite Care grow into the thriving resource it is today.”
During her tenure, the organization has increased endowment funding, grown the number of families it serves, expanded its hours and fostered more partnerships with schools, organizations and nonprofits, according to the news release.
Respite Care, founded in 1982, will hold its annual Respite Care Ball on Saturday.
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