New executive director of Chaucie’s Place steps into role


By Heather Collins

Jack Powell has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit consulting and 20 years of experience in educational administration, but he’s not taking his new role as executive director of Chaucie’s Place lightly.

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“(The Chaucie’s Place) mission, to empower the community to end child sexual abuse and youth suicide, is formidable,” Powell said. “It is incredibly rewarding to be part of an effort that helps children live free from harm and reach their highest potential.”

Powell started the new job March 16. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Western Michigan University, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Malone University and a master’s degree in education from Wheaton College.

Powell said the previous executive director, Toby Stark, set a strong foundation for continued and impactful growth with the organization.

Powell said Chaucie’s Place will continue to focus on prevention and education through its three signature programs: Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children; Stewards of Children, a nationally recognized program that teaches parents and adults who work with children how to prevent, recognize and react appropriately to child sexual abuse; and Lifelines, a youth suicide prevention program.

Powell said he will work on increasing the nonprofit’s donor base and raising awareness about the organization’s mission as well as expanding infrastructure and staff.

“We will be working diligently to develop new strategic partnerships and funding sources while always focused on our core mission of reducing child sexual abuse and youth suicide,” Powell said.

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