CSSV narrows search for director

Having selected six names from a list of candidates for the position

of executive director, Children's Services of Sno-Valley (CSSV) is ready to

take the next step.

The candidates will begin interviews on Saturday, Nov. 20, to be

followed by three rounds of activities that will give the search team a chance

to view their various skills. The search team anticipates having a final

candidate to present to the board of directors for confirmation at their Nov.

29 board meeting.

The agency started a regional search for a new director

following Joan Sharp's August 1999 departure to United Way of King County.

Nancy Whitaker, program director at CSSV, has been serving as interim director.

The search process was one of several items discussed by the board

during their annual strategic planning retreat on Oct. 22 and 23. Other

subjects included a review of the organization's progress over the last year and

discussion of Children's Services recent audit.

According to president Rob McFarland, the audit showed

the agency's position has "never been stronger." The independent

auditor delivered a "clean" rating for

Sno-Valley's operations from 1998 through June 30, 1999.

"We are happy with the results of the audit, which reflect our

conscientiousness in being responsible with the dollars the community gives us to

administrate our programs," noted Whitaker. "It gives us confidence

to go forward with the expansion of services that families are asking for."

The board members agreed that once the new executive director

is hired, CSSV will turn to identifying and prioritizing agency

expansion. The board is also committed to improving agency technology and

diversifying its funding base.

At the moment, the agency is also looking for new members for

the board of directors; for example, three-year director Art Skolnik recently

departed. He said in a conversation with the Valley Record that he just felt

"it was a good time to bow out.

"The organization is very important to us, but after three years I

decided it was time to `retire,'" he commented. "It was convenient

because my energies were diverted elsewhere."

Skolnik noted that during his time on the board Children's Services

had expanded into the Lower Valley with an office in Duvall. He expressed

hope the board would gain more representation from that area.

According to Whitaker, there is no set number for the agency's board

of directors _ it can range from 15 to 30 _ but they are always looking for

new members.

"It's an ongoing thing," she stated. "We do have four new board

members, and at the November meeting the board will elect a new

executive panel."

Whitaker advises that anyone who is interested in serving on the

board should call her at (425) 888-2777. Members of the board of directors

are recruited based on areas of expertise pertinent to the agency.

In addition, anyone interested in obtaining information about the

audit or a copy of the agency's financial statement should call the same


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