Chester County Futures’ McDonald announces resignation

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Chester County Futures (CCF) announced Monday its Executive Director, Maria McDonald, is stepping down from her position after 10 years of service to pursue a new and exciting opportunity outside of the region. The organization’s staff and Board of Directors have come together in appreciation and celebration of the profound impact her work has had on lives of the program’s students and the organization as a whole.

Matthew Rovi, Chairman of the Chester County Futures Board of Directors, commented on the departure. “On behalf of the entire organization, it has been an honor to work alongside Maria. We are truly grateful for all she has done to advance our mission and strengthen the Chester County community. As we look towards the future of CCF, the organization will continue to respond to the changing needs of students and the community. The resiliency of our staff and students has been key to navigating things during the pandemic, and we are excited to celebrate their success and all they have achieved at our upcoming graduation event for the Class of 2022.”

To maintain its trajectory and build upon existing momentum while the search for a permanent replacement commences. CCF’s Board of Directors has appointed Ryan Walter as Interim Executive Director for the organization. CCF has been working with Walter over the past year to help chart its course in response to shifts in the educational and broader landscape.  Along with the invaluable support he’s provided,  Walter has a wealth of experience and deep understanding of Chester County that brings consistency during this period of transition.

“Thanks to our devoted staff and strength of our partnerships, Chester County Futures will continue to serve students with responsive, dynamic programming designed to help them define the individual path needed to achieve their goals,”  McDonald states.

She adds, “Ryan Walter brings a true understanding of our mission through his work alongside board and staff members to support the organization during this exciting time of transition to new leadership. In a period where we all have experienced unforeseen change, what lies ahead for Chester County Futures is thoughtfully comprehensive.”

While bidding farewell to McDonald is difficult for everyone in the organization, there’s a sense of excitement for what the future holds and the positive impact it will have for Chester County Future’s students.

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