Story last updated at 4/25/2012 - 11:31 am
JUNEAU - The Board of Directors of Catholic Community Service announced the appointment of Jean Strafford as executive director of the regional non-profit social services agency. Strafford, currently Director of Finance at CCS, will succeed Rosemary Hagevig upon her retirement on May 1.
A certified public accountant, Strafford has served as Finance Director at CCS since July 2011. She previously served in that position from 2001-2005. She also is a former controller and auditor for the Sealaska Corp. and worked as an accountant for the City and Borough of Juneau and the Juneau Economic Development Council. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of Washington.
Hagevig has been CCS executive director since 1998. Prior to that she served on the agency's governing board. She announced her intentions to retire in January.
Founded in 1974, CCS and its 200 employees and 250 volunteers provides comprehensive services to: Seniors and adults with disabilities through Southeast Senior Services (SESS) division; Children and families through its Child Care & Family Resources (CCFR) division; and, people who need in-home care and end-of-life services, through its Hospice and Home Care of Juneau (HHCJ) division.
Feed the Mind Campaign a success
One of the main goals of Alaska Native Sisterhood Glacier Valley Camp 70 is improvement in education. A project that the camp has organized since 2009 is the "Feed the Mind Campaign" where healthy snacks are provided for all students participating in standardized testing or high school qualifying exams during the first two weeks of April. This year there were 9,880 total students tested. Each year the schools and the students look forward to and appreciate the snacks delivered.
ANS Glacier Valley Camp 70, along with many parents, educators, and health professionals acknowledge a strong association between what our children eat and their performance. Students who eat breakfast before school are more likely to receive better test scores and grades compared to the students who did not have breakfast. Studies show that improved functions include verbal fluency, arithmetic, tests of attention, memory, creativity, physical endurance, and general tests of academic achievement and cognitive function.
It was another successful year for the camp. They received $6,675 in donations, with Alaska Native Sisterhood Glacier Valley Camp 70 and Alaska Native Brotherhood Glacier Valley Camp 70 each contributing $1,000. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the following who have contributed: Sealaska Corporation, Tlingit-Haida Vocation Training Resource Center, Tlingit-Haida Community Council, Sons of Norway, Coeur Alaska-Kensington Gold Mine, First Bank, Representatives Cathy Muñoz and Beth Kerttula, Senator Dennis Egan, Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company, Barbara Searls, Milton DeAsis, Costco, Plumber & Pipefitters Local 262 and Carpet Source. We would like to thank all the volunteers who helped purchase, package, and deliver these nutritious snacks to all the schools involved. They have helped ANS Glacier Valley Camp 70 fulfill one of their main goals by providing towards the nourishment and success of our students. Again we thank those organizations and individuals who have helped make our project such a success.