The Search Moves On
Since being elected to the CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors in 2009, one of the things that has consistently impressed me is the dedication exhibited by its various members over those 10 years.
As our month of celebrating LGBTQ pride draws to a close, I wanted to share the huge sense of pride I feel serving alongside this amazing group of volunteers. Given all we’ve experienced in the last 18 months, the pride I feel has never been greater than it is today.
Since the passing of Executive Director and co-founder, Steve Elkins, in March of last year, we have worked together to help CAMP Rehoboth chart its strategic path for the future and we continue our efforts to bring the next Executive Director (ED) to the organization.
Working with Steve’s husband, co-founder and current Interim Executive Director, Murray Archibald, we are navigating the organization through its executive leadership transition. In so doing, the board has faced many important, and often sensitive, decisions. Despite these unprecedented times, we have met the challenges and are excited about the opportunities for CAMP Rehoboth in the months and years ahead.
The sense of pride I feel is a common thread within our ranks. Board Vice President Leslie Sinclair is “proud of the many committed people who are contributing in so many ways to prepare for the future of CAMP Rehoboth, so that all who are marginalized in some way feel safe, connected and protected.”
Long-time board member Jane Blue shares a similar sentiment. “It fills me with pride to give my time and effort to this wonderful community of women and men.” I couldn’t agree more with both of them.
Our work this spring and leading into this summer is summarized in the infographic on this page. Under the direction of executive search firm, Stamm Consultancy, we posted for the ED position in late April and received applications through May. We are very pleased with the large response of applicants from throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
The Search Committee established an evaluation rubric for assessing candidates across agreed-upon performance criteria, and Stamm Consultancy then completed phone screenings of those candidates best matching those top standards. By the time this issue goes to print, the Search Committee will have met with many of those for an initial round of in-person, group interviews.
The Transition Committee continues its work by documenting those functional areas that will be essential in the onboarding process for the new ED. Working in close concert with Murray, the intent is to have a clear, concise, and complete path forward for the new ED from day one.
As founder, Murray’s wealth of experience and knowledge of all things CAMP Rehoboth will be an invaluable component of setting up the incoming ED for success, the shared goal of all of us engaged in this process.
At the moment there is a prevailing feeling of cautious optimism and, if all continues to go well, our plan to see the new ED start by October 1 should be within our reach. Together, we will see this through! ▼
Chris Beagle is President of the CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors and is a realtor at Berkshire-Hathaway-Gallo Realty in Rehoboth Beach.
In the month ahead, the Search and Transition Committees will:
• Identify top tier candidates
• Complete high priority action items to ensure organizational readiness
Goal: To facilitate a seamless process for preparing the organization to replace the interim ED with a permanent successor.
Board members: Chris Beagle, Jack Morrison, Glen Pruitt, Mark Purpura, Tara Sheldon, and Leslie Sinclair
Goal: To guide the design and execution of a search process that will identify, attract, and select an optimal Executive Director.
Members: Board—Chris Beagle, Mark Purpura, Tara Sheldon; Community—Wes Combs, Joyce Felton, and Lois Powell.
Goal: To guide and ensure smooth transitioning of the reins of leadership and operational integrity from the incumbent ED to the successor.
Members: Board—Jack Morrison, Glen Pruitt, Leslie Sinclair; Community—Beth Cohen, Linda Gregory and Jon Worthington