HeadQuarters Kansas announces new interim executive director

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Post updated at 11:44 a.m. Wednesday, April 3:

The board of directors of HeadQuarters Kansas has announced Ruby Johnson as the nonprofit’s new interim executive director.

Former President and CEO Steve Devore resigned on Jan. 26, and Becky Price had been serving in the interim CEO role.

Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in mental health and nonprofit management, according to a Wednesday news release from Michelle Fales, HQ board chair. Johnson previously served as vice chair for the HQ board.

“These changes come alongside internal reorganization of policies and procedures within HQKansas,” according to the release. “All of these changes are being made to ensure the success of the organization moving forward. HQKansas is dedicated to continuing its vital services without interruption. This includes the operation of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, which remains a critical resource for the community.”

Discussions regarding future funding are ongoing, but “all services, including those funded by the state and county, continue to be active and accessible,” according to the release.

“HQKansas is actively working with the state and all relevant stakeholders to secure a sustainable path forward, ensuring the longevity of the organization and its ability to serve the people of Kansas,” the release stated.

The title of the top position at HQ has also changed.

“When we were reassessing policies, we felt ED was more in line with our structure,” Fales said via email.

The board thanked staff and volunteers for their dedication and resilience and pledged to be transparent.

Note: Johnson’s title in this post has been corrected.

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