The CAMP Rehoboth board of directors announced June 23 it has appointed Lisa Evans as interim director. Evans has been serving as acting manager of day-to-day operations since mid-April.
According to a June 23 press release, CAMP Rehoboth chose to hire an interim director to proactively chart a course that ensures it continues to meet the needs of today as well as the future. This will help provide the next executive director with a strong foundation to carry the organization forward, said the release.
The press release said Evans was selected following a two-month search that included interviewing a nationwide group of candidates. Evans was chosen because of her nonprofit management expertise, including most recently serving as executive director for the Baltimore-based nonprofit One House at a Time.
Evans has more than 40 years of nonprofit and government experience leading transformational change in her previous roles, said CAMP Rehoboth Board President Wesley Combs in a prepared statement. She also has a long history with CAMP Rehoboth as a volunteer, he said.
Evans and her spouse have had a home in Rehoboth for 25 years and moved to the city full time in 2020.
CAMP Rehoboth’s top priority was identifying the best candidate who could help assess the current and emerging needs of the organization in a rapidly changing world, said Combs.
Evans said she applied for the job after spending those two months as acting manager. The dedication of the staff, the board, donors and supporters, and CAMP Rehoboth’s amazing history reinforced her decision, she said.
“Rehoboth has been my weekend and now permanent home for over 25 years, and CAMP has been my community. I am very pleased to be an active member of that community,” said Evans. “The issues and challenges facing the LGBTQ community make CAMP Rehoboth as relevant as ever. CAMP’s mission of creating a more positive Rehoboth through an inclusive and positive environment for all resonates strongly for me. I hope that my experiences in the nonprofit world can add value to that mission.”
Moving forward, the board will next engage in a strategic planning process over the second half of 2022. The board is committed to engaging members of the community to help develop a roadmap for the future.
The board will work with a search committee and the community at the appropriate time to begin the process of hiring a permanent executive director, said the release.
CAMP Rehoboth was co-founded by Steve Elkins and Murray Archibald in 1991. Former CAMP Rehoboth Director David Mariner stepped down recently and is now the executive director of Sussex Pride, a new nonprofit organization also serving the LBGTQ community.