NPN Leadership Transition

Written by: Melanie Schlachter

One thing I learned when I had toddlers: transitions are never easy. Whether dropping off at preschool, leaving them with a sitter, or getting through the nightly routine of dinner, bath, books and bed - my kids seemed to resist every step of the way. Naturally, I picked up a few tricks along the way: give plenty of notice, offer clear choices, and set a time limit if necessary.
Now, I find myself trying to heed my own advice. After being a part of this valued and trusted organization since 2007, first as a brand new parent, then as a volunteer, and eventually as a staff member, it is time for me to transition out of my role as NPN's Executive Director in order to take some needed time to focus on my family and our increasingly busy schedules.
My last day with NPN will be April 15, and I’m reassured by the solid transition plan that the Executive Committee has put in place with the help of Interim Executive Director Kimberly Bares of PLACE Consulting. In the next few weeks, you’ll hear more about a search process for the next Executive Director of NPN. While the transition is underway, our great programs and services will continue uninterrupted. 
I am so incredibly grateful to NPN for helping me navigate the tantrums, picky eating, preschool search, and childcare dilemmas. As my kids eloquently say, “Endings are tricky”. Indeed they are, but with the help and support of a community like NPN, transitions can be a little easier and I know that the organization will continue to be a trusted partner and advisor for many years to come.
With gratitude,
(photo credit: Eva Ho Photography)
Posted on March 15, 2016 at 4:56 PM