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HeadQuarters Kansas announces interim executive director after predecessor resigns

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HeadQuarters Kansas, previously known as Kansas Suicide Prevention Headquarters, has hired an interim executive director following the former CEO’s resignation.

Former President and CEO Steve Devore resigned on Jan. 26, according to Michelle Fales, HQ board chair.

Until the board fills the permanent position, Becky Price will serve as interim executive director.

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Chloe Anderson/Lawrence Times Former HeadQuarters President and CEO Steve Devore speaks at an event to celebrate completion of a new mural, May 24, 2023.

HeadQuarters, housed at 2110 Delaware St. in Lawrence, provides 24-hour crisis intervention services as well as education and resources surrounding suicide prevention.

Becky Price

“We would [like] the public to know that this transition will not affect any of the services we provide, including the 988 Suicide Prevention line,” Fales said via email. “We are available 24/7.”

Devore served in his role for almost five years. The board is unaware of Devore’s future plans, Fales said.

Devore was unavailable for comment Thursday.

Price has more than 40 years of experience in fundraising, national program development and growing agencies, according to Fales. She recently retired from her position as CEO of the Ballard Center, and she previously held executive leadership positions with the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, and Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.

With Price in the interim leadership role, the board is set to begin its search for HQ’s new executive director.

Visit HQ’s website, hqkansas.org, to learn more about the organization.

If you or someone you know needs immediate mental health help, call the HeadQuarters crisis line at 785-841-2345, call or text 988, or visit 988lifeline.org to chat online.

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Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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