April 07, 2017
If I had to summarize my work with The Anna’s House Foundation in two words, they would be “humbling” and “fulfilling”. I have learned an enormous amount about myself during my time serving as Executive Director. I have recognized my strengths and weaknesses as an individual and I have been blessed to see how a great team working together can accomplish far more together than alone.
Each person is gifted with unique God-given talent, and as a leader, my greatest privilege has been to cultivate these talents in each of my team members. I have learned so much about the child welfare system, but more importantly, I have developed relationships with those that make up this system. They are people like me, just trying to make a difference in our broken world.
I have always had big goals for AHF. In the beginning, I wasn't sure how we would ever make them a reality. Our first annual fundraiser brought in about $30,000. While I was very thankful for that money, I thought to myself, "We need 100 times that amount to build what we want/need to build. How in the world is it going to happen?" Those anxious thoughts were always followed by the Lord’s gentle reminder that AHF is His, not mine, and His timing is always perfect.
During my last eight years with AHF (first four as a board member, and last four as Executive Director), I have witnessed the achievement of tremendous goals and milestones, including getting our licensure as a placing agency and building our first home in the Luther community. I love sharing the challenge, burdens, and joys of fostering with families who open their homes to children in need.
It has been a very long and hard decision to transition from my position as Executive Director back to a board member. I recognize that all things have a season. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." It is my desire to continue to serve AHF in a different role while focusing more of my time and energy on my family.
I am happy to announce AHF’s new Executive Director, Katherine Craig. Katherine has been in the nonprofit sector for 18 years and shares the Foundation’s mission of serving the most vulnerable people in our community. We are confident her experience as Director of Development for another nonprofit will bring continued growth to The Anna’s House Foundation.
In Katherine's words, "I am honored to accept this important role at Anna’s House Foundation. I am deeply passionate about helping fulfill the immense needs for foster care services in our great state. Leading the Anna’s House Foundation is a tremendous honor. I feel truly blessed to have been given this opportunity and am humbled to continue and grow the vision set forth by my predecessor. It is clear Anna’s House Foundation is poised for success and I look forward to seeing God’s graciousness and blessings as we move forward."
From Randy K. Stafford, President of the Board, "On behalf of the board of directors and dedicated staff, I want to express our sincere appreciation to Darci for the tremendous leadership, dedication, and direction she has provided throughout her years of service. Her caring heart and deep abiding love for children and families have led our once-tiny foundation to unprecedented heights and provided our foster children with hope, health, and the chance to live a beautiful life. We are thrilled Darci has agreed to remain on our board and will continue to use her knowledge to assist the foundation in the future. The board is excited that Katherine has agreed to succeed Darci as our Executive Director and we believe her experience and passion for our mission will be critical in meeting our strategic goals."
Katherine will start as the new Executive Director on April 24, 2017. I will assist with the day-to-day operations during Katherine’s onboarding process. As a returning board member, I plan to continue working alongside Katherine in a very active way. I am blessed to be able to continue to serve Oklahoma's most vulnerable children.
Thank you for supporting Anna’s House. If you have any questions about the changes, please feel free to contact me.