Hello Key Partners,

We want to thank our community for your support and dedication to Communities in Schools of Federal Way-Highline (CISFWH). 

We would like to share the news that Tracy Oster is choosing to take on a new opportunity elsewhere and her last day with CISFWH will be December 31. We appreciate Tracy’s support during this time of transition. We are moving forward in a good place with a strong standing, committed staff, sound financials, and a highly supportive community that sees how we make a positive impact. 

We would like to thank Tracy for her leadership of CISFWH over the past 14 years. In over a decade, Tracy has taken the organization from one staff member to 20 staff members. She helped grow the organization exponentially through increased revenue, the expansion of school sites, and added another district to its outreach. She increased visibility and outreach of CIS’ efforts which has resulted in increased community knowledge and support of CISFWH’ mission and goals.

Tracy Oster would like to share the following about her departure and new opportunity: “I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past 14 years thanks to our community’s support! This has been an amazing experience and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my role. This was a difficult decision to make but I am ready to take on a new opportunity and grow my leadership skills and experiences. Although I will be at another organization, I’m still deeply committed to the Communities In Schools organization and the Federal Way community. I’m excited for what the next leader will bring to the Executive Director role and the potential growth to Communities In Schools. Thank you for your support.”

With this departure, we’d like you to know our process for hiring a new Executive Director to lead the organization. 

Knowing that finding a permanent new Executive Director can take some time, we will be posting the position within the next week and reviewing initial applicants in January. The CISFWH board remains committed to finding an equity-driven leader to continue to lead our efforts. 

To create stability and continuity, the CISFWH Board is appointing Jennifer Rojas Youngblood as the Interim Executive Director beginning January 1, 2021 until a permanent Executive Director is selected. Jennifer has worked for CIS for the past 9 years and has been serving in the role as Operations/Program Director where she has worked closely with Tracy, staff, and community members. The Board would like to thank Jennifer for stepping in at this critical time.

The CISFWH Board will have a rigorous process in place for the recruitment, interview, and hiring of the Executive Director position. We will be incorporating the voices of CISFWH staff and key stakeholders in this process.  

As a key partner in the work, we want to thank you for your support of CIS. We’d like to thank Tracy for her leadership of CISFWH over the past 14 years. 

We will continue to keep you informed as we strive to find the next leader to carry this work forward as the Executive Director. If you have any questions about this process, you may contact Board President Mary Bigham at hiringcommittee@cisfederalway.org.

In partnership,
Communities In Schools of Federal Way-Highline Board of Directors
Mary Bigham, Board President President, Ashley Furniture
Bob Wroblewski, Board President-Elect, Community Volunteer, Retired Weyerhaeuser
Amanda Santo, Board Past-President, Multi-Service Center
Darcy Webb, Board Secretary, Sylvan Learning Center
Brett Hulse, Board Treasurer, Laurus Financial Group
Jennifer Cox, CHI Franciscan Health
Dr. Bob Danielle, University of Phoenix
Kimberly Phillips, HomeStreet Bank
Jeff Stock, Jr., Caffe D’arte
Kassie Swenson, Federal Way Public Schools
Jamie Waller, Lloyd Enterprises

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