Photo: Arizona Helping Hands warehouse, which supplies foster children and families with needed supplies.
Arizona Helping Hands board of directors has announced that Dan Shufelt, president and CEO, will be retiring after seven years of leading the organization.
“It’s time to move on to another phase in my life, taking pride in all that has been accomplished at Arizona Helping Hands during my tenure,” says Dan. “I have loved every minute, but it’s time for me to focus on myself and my family; to enjoy opportunities with my wife, daughters and grandchildren.”
Arizona Helping Hands Chairman of the Board of Directors, Jay R. Spector, said under Mr. Shufelt’s leadership, the organization has grown.
“We celebrate Dan’s many accomplishments over the years while serving as president and CEO. Under his leadership, Arizona Helping Hands has grown to become the largest provider of essential needs to children in foster care, providing more than 17,000 beds and cribs to children across Arizona,” says Jay.
The board of directors has appointed Chief Operating Officer Jodie M. Sprayberry, as interim president and CEO.
“Having Jodie step into the role will provide the needed leadership and organizational continuity to the staff, the families we serve, as well as our numerous volunteers and supporters. The board will work closely with Jodie and the staff and will launch a search for a permanent President and CEO over the next few months,” says Jay.
Jodie joined Arizona Helping Hands more than three years ago and has served in a variety of leadership capacities including director of philanthropy and chief operating officer.
“We are excited about the future of the organization and are humbled by the long-standing community support Arizona Helping Hands has received. As a board and staff, we are committed to continued investment in the organization to expand and enhance the services that we provide to children in foster care and their families throughout Arizona,” says Jay.
For more information about Arizona Helping Hands, visit azhelpinghands.org.