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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Spy Hop Announces new Executive Director


The Board of Trustees is excited and proud to announce the selection of the Spy Hop’s new Executive Director, Kasandra VerBrugghen . The search committee included Trustee and Advisory Board members Missy Greis, Meredith Lavitt, David Cumming, Sue Ulbrich, Bryan Clifton, and Lewis Francis. The committee conducted a national search during the spring and confirmed their selection with a unanimous vote at the Board of Trustee meeting on May 11th. In accepting the position Kasandra stated, “I am honored by the offer and position. Spy Hop is a dynamic and inspiring organization affecting powerful change in the lives of thousands of youth in our community. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation that Rick, our board, and our talented staff have laid over the past decade.”

Kasandra currently serves as Spy Hop’s Managing Director and was previously the Executive Director of Seattle’s Austin Foundation. Kasandra will be taking over the Executive Director position after the conclusion of the current programming year on September 1, 2010.

Rick Wray, Spy Hop’s co-founder and Executive Director of eleven years, will continue to be involved with Spy Hop in a part-time capacity as the organization’s Founding Director. Rick responded to the committee’s decision by saying, “I think they made the perfect choice. I’m one hundred percent behind Kasandra as my successor. Kasandra had deep leadership experience before coming to Utah and Spy Hop, and she has spent the last two years running the day-to-day operations of the organization. I’m confident that Spy Hop will continue to flourish under her direction.” According to Board Chair Lewis Francis, “Kasandra was the obvious choice, given her demonstrated expertise and dedication to the organization, which fact was only confirmed through the recruitment process and her comparison to other candidates for the position. Spy Hop looks forward to a seamless transition and to its continued success under Kasandra’s direction.”

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