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Circle Program announces leadership transition

Chelsea Francek steps down from leadership role

July 29, 2021
PLYMOUTH — The last year and a half presented new challenges for everyone, and the nonprofit sector was no exception. Nonprofit leaders had to respond to the rapidly changing environment, guiding staff, programs, services, and volunteers during a period of uncertainty. Circle Program successfully weathered this difficult period and continues to make a positive impact on the youth served through its year-round mentoring and summer camp programs. This would not have been possible without a dedicated staff, Board, and volunteer-mentor commitment to serving Circle's mission.

Given all of this, the Board of Directors announced today that Chelsea Francek will be stepping down from her role as Executive Director effective September 1st due to personal reasons.

According to Francek, "I had a wonderful experience and appreciate the opportunity to have been able to make an impact to the mission of Circle Program. Circle's mission to empower, transform, and enrich girls' lives truly does speak for itself. The girls have helped me gain a new understanding of the challenges, hurdles, and opportunities affecting their generation."

Francek's leadership at Circle Program will be missed and the Board and staff wish her well with her future endeavors. The Circle staff will continue to ensure all programming and support remains consistent for all of the participants during this period of transition. Board President Sarah Crane has appointed a search committee to begin the next phase of finding Francek's successor.

"Circle Program will continue our mission to empower, transform, and enrich girls' lives through community, connection, camp, and mentorship," commented Crane. "A search committee has been formed to facilitate the recruitment process, and will oversee a seamless transition for the next Executive Director."

More information on the position, including job description and application instructions will be available after July 27 on Circle Program's Web site at circleprogram.org.

Circle Program is a non-profit organization based in Plymouth. The organization provides a unique combination of year-round mentorship and residential summer camp to financially disadvantaged girls throughout New Hampshire.

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