The Hastings Family Service Board of Directors has announced that Amy Sutton will be the next Executive Director at HFS. According to Board President, Mike Swanson, Sutton was selected from a pool of fifty-one applicants received from across the country. “Amy has been with Hastings Family Service since 2009, bringing leadership and resources to HFS that have been critical to the growth and success of the agency,” said Swanson “With the recent purchase of the adjacent building and new mobile food shelf program on the horizon, the Board is confident Amy is the right person to lead.”
Sutton brings over 30 years of experience working with nonprofit boards, strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, management, and communications. She has led resource development efforts at HFS for 12 years, also serving as the Associate Director since 2017. Her contributions at HFS include the development and implementation of the Bring the Mission Home capital campaign to provide a permanent home for the agency. She has also applied for and received over $1.6 million in grants to support HFS and implemented new strategies for the Rivertown Treasures thrift store that resulted in 84% growth in revenue since 2015. During COVID, Amy managed the logistics and space needs of changing and adding programs and she is leading the current expansion.
Sutton will replace Chris Koop who has been leading the agency since 2005 and is retiring February 1st to spend more time with her family, including two new grandbabies. Koop said, “It has been a privilege and honor to witness how this community believes in our mission. My heart will be forever touched by the generosity and support that has ensured that the work we do is making a difference for our neighbors and the community at large. Amy and I have made a great team and I am confident that her mission-focused leadership will ensure the agency can continue to respond to environmental changes and the needs of this community.”
Sutton is excited to lead the organization and is committed to a welcoming environment of growth, generosity, gratitude and service to the community and neighbors. She is grateful to have served with and learned from a leader like Chris and says “It is an incredible privilege to come to work each day at Hastings Family Service where the mission pairs perfectly with my skills and my heart. There is so much good ahead!”