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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      

December 21, 2018

For more information: Stacy Van Gorp, Megan McKenzie                                                                         





WATERLOO, IOWA --     The R. J. McElroy Trust is announcing two staff leadership changes effective January 1, 2019.  Executive director Dr. Stacy Van Gorp will leave the Trust and be succeeded as executive director by program officer Megan McKenzie.

Van Gorp has been an outside consultant to profit and non-profit organizations in addition to her role at the Trust. Demand for her services has grown steadily. She will assist the Trust’s leadership transition through January 31, 2019, and then remain in the Cedar Valley to expand her consulting practice to full time.

Van Gorp joined the Trust in 2007. She oversaw the development of Trust initiatives like The World’s Greatest Spring Break; The Gold Star Awards for Outstanding Teaching; and major community initiatives like Sportsplex and LifeLab for the Waterloo Schools. Trust chairman Jim Waterbury commented, “Stacy has been an amazing asset to the Trust and to young people in northeast Iowa. She brings passion, connections and great judgment to everything she does. We are proud of her leadership and eager to see her grow her practice.”

McKenzie joined the Trust as program officer in 2018. She earned a BA degree from UNI in leisure, youth and human services; a certified nonprofit professional credential from UNI; and a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Washington. McKenzie interned at the Cedar Valley Nonprofit Association in 2011, and worked from 2012-2017 as a relationship manager and coach for Benevon in Seattle, Washington, helping nonprofits build sustainable funding. Waterbury noted, “We’re pleased Megan has chosen to grow with the Cedar Valley. She knows our culture and operations well, and she’s already deeply involved in helping deserving young people – the reason the Trust exists.”

Megan McKenzie