Joyce Millard Hoie, Executive Director, to step down in March

Dear Colleagues and Friends of Raising Special Kids,

It is with mixed emotions that we announce Raising Special Kids’ Executive Director, Joyce Millard Hoie, will be stepping down effective March 1, 2018.

For 18 years as our Executive Director, Joyce skillfully led efforts to serve the mission of strengthening families and systems of care to improve the lives of children with disabilities. While we support Joyce’s enthusiasm for charting a new direction, we also recognize that we were privileged to have worked with one of Arizona’s most passionate and devoted champions for families of children with disabilities.

Under Joyce’s leadership, Raising Special Kids achieved significant growth and increased program effectiveness, and built the infrastructure to support family engagement at the system level and in the delivery of care. In 2016 alone, Raising Special Kids programs and services touched the lives of over 11,000 parents and professionals, generating over 27,000 cases for support through individual consultations, parent mentoring and coaching services, and training. Additionally, over 18,000 infants and toddlers were referred for early intervention services.

Joyce’s advocacy for families is evident in the strategic partnerships she fostered and in her service as a member of the State Rehabilitation Council, the Arizona DD Planning Council, the State Medicaid Advisory Council, First Things First Regional Council and Early Childhood Task Force, and her recent appointment to the ABLE Act Oversight Committee to establish Arizona’s tax-advantaged savings program for people with disabilities. In March, Joyce was recognized as the 2017 Leader of Distinction by the Organization of Nonprofit Executives.

Looking to the future, Raising Special Kids is financially and strategically positioned to grow to serve more families and professionals. With our Board of Directors, a talented and committed staff, and strong relationships with state agencies and community networks, Raising Special Kids will continue moving forward in serving families and improving our systems of care. Over the next several months, we will be conducting a search to find the new Executive Director. Raising Special Kids has retained the services of Duffy Group, an executive search firm, to assist in the process. For more information, please forward referrals and inquiries to:
          Colleen Neese, Practice Leader
          Direct office: (602) 802-8329

As Raising Special Kids prepares for this important transition, we gratefully acknowledge our community partners for their collaboration with us in supporting families now and into the future.
Karin Smith
President, Board of Directors

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