Jubilee Announces New Executive Director
The Board of Directors of Children’s Jubilee Fund is pleased to announce a strategic leadership transition. On July 1, our esteemed colleague and founder, Dr. Jim Petty, will begin serving Jubilee in a new capacity as “director emeritus.” Simultaneously, Associate Director Drew Skinner has been selected to succeed Jim as Jubilee’s second executive director.
While stepping away from the day-to-day responsibilities, the Board and I are delighted that as director emeritus, Jim will continue his ministry and work with us in a reduced but important capacity. He will provide counsel and advice to Drew, continue to work with and support friends and donors, and help the Board with the seamless transfer of leadership to Drew and continued implementation of our Strategic Plan.
But as one leader steps back, the Lord has provided another leader to step forward. Commencing our transition process, in June 2012, Jim recommended to the Board that Drew be considered and trained to succeed him. After thorough and careful evaluation, the Board unanimously voted to make the appointment. We see in Drew a passion for Jubilee’s mission, the ability and skill to raise money for scholarships, and a sincere commitment to guide Jubilee to greater success and growth in the years ahead. As Jim commented, “It is rare to find a young leader that combines the ability and motivation to raise funds with evident and developed character.” Through Jim and Drew’s effective working relationship, in the last two years we have seen an increase in scholarship funding of over fifty percent!
The decision to hire Drew as executive director is a year and a half in the making. Jubilee’s Board brought Drew on early with the intention of cultivating his skills and establishing positive relationships with our donor base. We have watched him mature and grow as a leader. We are excited by his vision and energized by his passion for Christian education. We look forward to Drew’s leadership of Children’s Jubilee Fund, with the continued support of Jim, the Board, and our donors.
-Milt Vélez, Esquire
Caption — Board and Staff (clockwise): James C. Petty, Olga Vélez, Randolph E. Richardson, Milt Vélez, Dorothy Boersma, Drew Skinner, Donald M. Spooner, Barrie Jones, and Deidre D. Wright. Not Pictured: Eric Daelhousen, Mary Krispin, Rebekah Palmer, and Gordon Pfeil