Lifelong Youth Advocate Charles Shelan to Retire After 35 Years as…

first_imgFacebook66Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Community Youth ServicesCharles Shelan, CEO of Community Youth Services, announced his planned retirement. Scott Hanauer will succeed Shelan at the helm of the non-profit organization.Charles Shelan, who grew a fledgling Thurston County nonprofit agency into one of the largest and most comprehensive child welfare organizations between Vancouver, British Columbia, and Portland, is retiring.Today that agency, Community Youth Services, operates over 20 programs for 3,000 youth and young adults in southwest Washington. Shelan has served as CYS CEO since 1979.Long-time CYS clinical director Scott Hanauer will succeed Shelan as CEO following his retirement July 31.“Charles’ dedication to social justice and child welfare is boundless,” said Geoff Crooks, chair of the CYS board of directors. “He embraced the latest innovative program and counseling techniques to make an immeasurable difference in the lives of over 65,000 children, youth and families.”The Community Youth Services staff of 113 provides emergency shelter, foster care, job training, mental health counseling and transitional housing. The agency has an annual budget of $8.3 million.In 2015, CYS will expand into Tacoma, opening a young adult shelter and drop-in center. Shelan will continue to consult with CYS after retirement to support the expansion effort.Hanauer, a respected expert in adolescent behavior, has 40 years of child welfare experience. He lectures widely on adolescent behavior, serves as a trainer for foster parents and is widely known for his commitment to child welfare services. Hanauer joined CYS in 2004 supervising a growing range of services and recently earning licensure for CYS as a mental health agency.As CEO, Hanauer will continue the agency’s focus on behavioral health, expanding services in Thurston and Mason counties for youth and young adults experiencing mental health disorders.“On behalf of the kids and the entire community, we thank Charles for his tireless leadership and service,” Crooks said. “We remain committed to our shared vision that all children regardless of economic, gender, gender identification or ethnic status are able to grow up fulfilling their full potential.”Shelan and Hanauer will work closely together and with the board of directors to ensure a smooth leadership transition.last_img

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