Van Go names new executive director

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Van Go has named its new executive director: Lori McSorley, who comes to the organization after a long tenure at Visiting Nurses Association.

Katie Winter, the Van Go board president who has also served as interim director, announced the news Wednesday afternoon.

McSorley has worked with VNA for 14 years, according to her LinkedIn page.

“VNA is a beloved organization in Lawrence, designed to care for people when they are at their most vulnerable,” Winter wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday.

Winter compared Van Go, the nonprofit arts-based employment program that serves Douglas County young people, to VNA.

“Both organizations are dedicated to the belief that individuals guide what is meaningful to them — and the care is in finding ways to support those goals,” she wrote. “To connect people with our community resources. To make community accessible for all.”

McSorley takes over after Eliza Darmon and Kristen Malloy, former co-executive directors of Van Go, left their positions at the end of 2023.

The board looks forward to McSorley’s collaborative nature and enthusiasm for youth education and leadership, according to the post.

“A huge thank you to the Van Go staff and teaching artists who have kept their hearts open and not missed a beat; and thank you to the youth and families who continue to trust in us,” Winter wrote in the post. “Thanks to all of you for supporting creativity and holistic care for our Lawrence youth. The future is bright!”

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