Update from the Board

Update from the Board

For over fifty years—just as long as there have been Pride marches in the United States—SCS has been serving our LGBTQ+ community.

 

Over the years, we have seen Pride marches for acceptance, visibility, and rights grow to Pride parades full of celebration of our lives and our cultures, while still raising up the issues that face our LGBTQ+ communities. 

Much like we have seen Pride grow and adapt, so too has SCS. From one telephone line with volunteers ready to offer support in 1969 to a community mental health counseling agency providing a continuum of care with over 60 staff, 14 board members, and hundreds of supporters.

Much of this growth is due to the last 22 years of Ann McGettigan’s leadership. Ann’s work built up SCS to meet the needs, advocate for, and harness the opportunities that emerged as LGBTQ+ communities became more visible and accepted. SCS has become a well-respected agency and a recognized leader in LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness in King County and beyond. The SCS Board deeply appreciates and thanks Ann for her dedicated service and the passion and pride she has given to the organization. 

Since Ann has stepped down, the Board has had an opportunity to reflect on where the agency has been, where we are now, and where to go next. Bringing on a new leader is exciting and it has been a huge responsibility. As part of our due diligence, the Board reviewed leadership structures and programming models of peer community health, mental health, and wellness organizations we admire and hope we could aspire to. 

One of the trends we observed was in titles; particularly the naming of the leadership in organizations’ structure. Titles signal responsibilities and confirm the leadership of an organization with funders, peers, and policy makers, in addition to the organization’s staff, clients, supporters, and donors. 

What we found was that agencies of our size and larger are led by a President and/or CEO with a Vice President and/or Chief Operating Officer or Chief Clinical Officer in lieu of an Executive Director and Deputy Director.

In bringing a new leader, Victor Loo, and elevating the leadership of our clinical director, Danie Eagleton, the Board felt the time is now for a change in leadership titles. 

The SCS Board is proud and excited to announce Victor Loo as SCS’s President & CEO and Danie Eagleton as SCS’s Vice-President and Chief Clinical Officer.

We are confident these title changes will continue to amplify SCS, align the organization with peer local and national community mental health agencies, and uplift SCS as a leader in the field of LGBTQ+ mental health and wellness.

Over the next 6 months, the Board along the leadership and staff will undertake several reflection and action steps including a strategic planning process, a review and update of policies and practices, and working on to bring new and innovative ways to deliver the services, programs, and resources to our clients, supporters, and the LGBTQ+ communities.

We hope you are as excited as we are as Board members and supporters of SCS for the future. We would also invite you to make a donation in honor of Ann’s outstanding legacy and in celebration of our future. We would be so grateful.

Thank you for your continued support of SCS. This organization exists for you and because of you.

With much appreciation on behalf of the SCS Board,

 

Christopher Welch, SCS Board Chair

Gunner Scott, SCS Board Co-Chair

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