FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Terri Varnum has been named Interim President/CEO and Executive Director of Ettie Lee Youth & Family Services
July 31, 2012 - BALDWIN PARK - Ettie Lee Youth and Family Services today announced that Terri Varnum has been named President/CEO and Executive Director as of July 31, 2012.
Terri Varnum: An established Non Profit Executive
With more than 31years of management and leadership experience, 23 years of which has been with Ettie Lee, Terri most recent position was as Vice President of Finance, Research and Quality Improvement. She has held a leadership role in program development and evaluation, implementation of evidence based practices, and has championed the value of national accreditation, leading Ettie Lee to the achievement of COA accreditation.
Previously Ms. Varnum held several private sector positions in financial leadership.
Clayton Downey: Led Ettie Lee through Many Challenges
Clayton Downey and the Board of Directors, under the chairmanship of Ronald J. Bateman, have been actively working on a succession plan to fulfill the role of President/CEO. Mr. Downey will continue his 41 years of service to Ettie Lee in various assignments including training and quality control through 12-31-12. Mr. Downey announced his excitement to returning to his roots, “to assist Miss Ettie Lee in her desire to bless the lives of the youth we serve,” said Bateman. “On behalf of everyone at Ettie Lee, I would like to express how instrumental Clayton has been in the lives of thousands of at-risk youth,” continued Bateman, “and to express our gratitude for his many years of dedicated service – even through challenging times.”
About Ettie Lee Youth & Family Services
For more than 62 years Ettie Lee Youth & Family Services has served the complex needs of at-risk youth with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in Southern California. When Miss Ettie Lee opened the first group home in 1950 she introduced the model of providing a family atmosphere. Although Ettie Lee has grown significantly since 1950, providing a family atmosphere has been so successful that we still follow that model in all of our nine group homes and 30 foster homes. Last year Ettie Lee served 342 unduplicated boys and girls and their families: 69% were Hispanic, 17% African-American, 11.5% Caucasian, 1.3% Asian/Pacific Islander; .4% American Indian; .8% other and over 97% were from low-income and/or disadvantaged families.
Ettie Lee’s residential group homes expertise is in serving older children – teenage boys (aged 13-18+) – who are on probation. All of group homes are located in residential areas and provide family-style residential treatment that focuses on the importance of being active in the community to develop the skills for success in life. Ettie Lee also operates a therapeutic Foster Family Agency and Adoption Agency (boys and girls ages 0 – 18+). It is located in Covina and the boys and girls are placed in the loving homes of foster parents who are trained and licensed.
Ettie Lee Youth & Family Services is a nonprofit child welfare agency serving the complex needs of at-risk youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Its mission is to assist troubled youth who are in need of guidance and support to develop values and skills that will facilitate their success in life. Ettie Lee complies with the highest standards of Community Care Licensing, Los Angeles County Department of Children & Family Services, and Los Angeles County Department of Probation. Ettie Lee is accredited by the California Alliance for Children & Families and the Council on Accreditation. To learn more about Ettie Lee, visit the website at www.ettielee.org.