Dear Friends of Plummer Youth Promise,
At the end of January, our long-term leader James Lister left Plummer after many years of distinguished leadership. We will always be grateful to him for his energy, compassion, and vision in leading the organization during a period of remarkable growth and achievement. Following this letter is a letter from James to the community.
I’m thrilled to announce that Nicole McLaughlin has taken the reins.
Nicole comes to this position with deep knowledge of Plummer gained over a period of 18 years. She began as a Board member in 2002, serving for seven years. She chaired the Board for four years and it was during her time as chair that Plummer first laid out the strategic vision that has led to such extraordinary organizational growth.
In 2009, Nicole resigned from the Board to become Plummer’s first Development Director and later its first Director of Strategy and Advancement. In those roles she raised sufficient funds to bring to life the strategic vision, helping launch Plummer from a small, local direct-care organization into a nationally-recognized direct care and practice leadership organization. In these roles she also led the organization’s rebranding effort to reflect the changed organization.
Nicole practiced law before joining Plummer’s staff, specializing in non-profit organizations. It was in this role that she gained her knowledge of every aspect of non-profit operations and management.
Nicole comes to this position when Plummer is strong, focused and poised to impact the child-welfare field for the benefit of young people throughout the country. Please join me in welcoming her as we all work together to make sure young people have families they can count on.
For some departing words from James Lister, please keep reading.
With gratitude for all your support,
Dear Plummer Community and Stakeholders,
After serving as the Executive Director since 2005, I am stepping down from my role at Plummer Youth Promise. After 15 years of growth, expansion, and improvement, Plummer is stronger than it has ever been: going from serving approximately 25 young people per year to over 250 young people per year; from 1 location to 5 locations; and an operating budget of approximately $1M in 2005 to over $6M in 2020.
In addition to the many program expansions and improvements, we have made a name for ourselves on the national child welfare scene through articles and book chapters; presenting at national conferences, and being featured on webinars. I am most proud of leading the organization through a mission and vision change that would no longer accept the child welfare system raising children, rather finding families that safely raise them and love them forever.
I am grateful to all the staff I have worked with over the years and recognize that their passionate and relentless day-to-day work has been instrumental in making Plummer the organization it is today.
I leave Plummer with a great sense of accomplishment and optimism for the future of the organization.