Stepping Down but Staying Connected

Dear Friends and Supporters,


    I thought about how I’d announce my retirement and like clothing that you see advertised ”One size fits all”, it just doesn’t work that way. There were phone calls to make, long-time donors and supporters to thank in person, letters to write and plenty of emails. So if you haven’t heard, I’m planning to step down as Executive Director in the months ahead and I’ve set June 30, 2017 as my official retirement date. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have led CCYD through good times and some rough stretches for over 36 years and to work with so many talented and dedicated staff throughout my tenure. They are the life blood of the organization. I’ve met hundreds of people along the way and most have shared my optimism that there are solutions to problems and NO ONE PERSON has all the answers.


The CCYD Board of Directors has formed a Transition Committee chaired by Theresa Furnari, our Vice President. They’ve been actively engaged to develop and implement a Transition Plan which includes a position profile and timeline, a communications plan and a well thought out search and interview process. It’s posted right here on our web site.


If ever there’s been an event in my life that’s “Bittersweet”, this is it. There’s naturally some sadness but also excitement and an opportunity to increase this organization’s visibility in the community and bring in a new Executive Director who can build on CCYD’s exceptional record of community service and recognition as a community anchor spanning more than 42 years. I want to assure you that the Board is making this Transition and CCYD’s sustainability their highest priority. Thanks to everyone and anyone who has supported our efforts, current and former staff and Board members, individuals and groups who have joined us in partnership and collaboration and those who will help in the future as CCYD continues to fulfill its mission and purpose.


Ivan Leshinsky

Executive Director, CCYD

The Chesapeake Center for Youth Development

301 East Patapsco Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21225

Tel: 410-355-4698 • Fax: 410-354-8160