Family Relief Nursery renewed search for executive director

It was recently announced that new Family Relief Nursery (FRN) executive director, Courtney McGinnis, resigned from that position due to family issues. Interim executive director, Diane Hazen, said that both illnesses in the family and logistical issues would make McGinnis’ move to Oregon impossible.
”I apologize deeply for the trouble and hardship this may and will cause,” McGinnis said in an email to FRN’s Human Resources Manager. ”I know everyone has worked around me coming and for that I am deeply sorry.”
Hazen said that she enjoyed getting to know McGinnis and valued her decision to do what is best for her personal and family needs.
”While I am sad our hire for executive director did not work out, I am confident we will find the right fit for the Nursery,” Hazen said.
While this has been a logistical setback, the FRN Leadership Team headed by Hazen, will move forward in the search for a new executive director.
Revisiting the hiring process has also provided the Leadership Team the opportunity to perfect the job description, onboarding procedure and transition timelines. This is a second chance at finding the perfect candidate, according the FRN.
”We have a very thoughtful process in place for hiring and training a new executive director,” Hazen said. ”The Board and Leadership Team are committed to finding an outstanding leader with passion for serving our community’s most vulnerable children and families. I am excited to discover who that will be.”
According to the press release, Hazen is dedicated to remaining with the organization to oversee a smooth transition as she aids in the hiring, onboarding and training of their new executive director. This transition will take up to six months and involve an extensive interview process. After the new executive director is in place, Hazen plans on transitioning back to the Board of Directors.
For nearly 25 years, Family Relief Nursery has provided early childhood intervention services in Cottage Grove and also serves Creswell and North Douglas.
Anyone interested in learning more about the position to visit their website, or the job posting on

About Family Relief Nursery
The Family Relief Nursery began serving children in August of 1994. Since then, over 2,000 children and their families have received program services, including therapeutic early childhood classes, home visits, parent education classes and respite care.
Families voluntarily seek support for addressing many challenges. While a typical family faces one to three risk factors, a family entering the Family Relief Nursery faces an average of 22 risk factors. Individualized plans are created for each family to promote stability by lowering risk factors, developing family strengths and nurturing children.
As a result, the Nursery has proven success at keeping families out of foster care, improving school readiness and literacy, lowering parents’ unemployment rates and decreasing family emergency room use.
More info:l 541-942-4835.



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