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Meet CLC Network’s New Executive Director

Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski

Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski is eager to bring inclusion into schools and churches nationwide.

The board of CLC Network (Christian Learning Center) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski to the position of executive director (effective September 1). Elizabeth will lead the non-profit consulting organization that currently serves more than 60 schools in seven states as well as hundreds of churches across North America.

With more than ten years of non-profit management experience and a personal passion for inclusion of persons with disabilities, Elizabeth has helped CLC Network expand nationwide since 2012, when she began as the organization’s advancement director. For the past three years, she has served as an effective fundraiser, creative communicator, and thoughtful leader. Elizabeth is eager to build upon CLC Network’s West Michigan roots and bring inclusion into communities across North America.  Elizabeth said,

“CLC Network has a history of audacity: dreaming of inclusive education for all of God’s children as the norm. That was a radical dream in 1989, and it came true for many Christian school and church communities in West Michigan. It is time to make that dream the reality across North America, and across God’s Kingdom, so that persons with disabilities can contribute their gifts to our school and church communities.”

Video: Special Announcement from CLC Network Board of Directors

Board chair, Bob Van Wieren, introduces CLC Network’s next executive director, Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski.

Bob Van Wieren, president of CLC Network’s board of directors shared, “As a board, our goal is to be the recognized leader and esteemed partner for inclusive education in Christian communities.  We are thrilled to appoint Elizabeth to this position and to entrust her to lead CLC Network as we actively pursue our vision for more complete communities.”

“I want every administrator, teacher, or leader in any Christian school or church to know that when they struggle to educate a child with a disability, they are not alone. They will know that CLC Network is here to help them, to support them, and to make the Kingdom whole alongside them,” continued Elizabeth.

“I am humbled and honored to work with an incredible team of knowledgeable Christian educators and psychologists. My job will be to enable them to share God’s love by the encouragement and support they show to all those served by CLC Network.”

Elizabeth will combine her leadership skills and talents with those of CLC Network’s new director of school services, Becky Tubergen. Becky has served at CLC Network for the past sixteen years, and will guide the organization through the expansion of its services in the years ahead. Tubergen said,

“Elizabeth has fostered strategic partnerships and provided visionary leadership that has already helped us grow.  I am thrilled about her appointment to this position and look forward to working with her to ensure our partners receive consistent, high-quality services.”

“We’ve transformed so many communities in the last 30 years,” said R. H. “Bear” Berends, executive director since 1981, “And I know that our next generation of leadership is going to multiply and expand those efforts. Our staff and our board are passionate about encouraging every Christian school in every state to serve students with disabilities and to see students with disabilities as equal, integral members of their community.”

Member of the search committee and CLC Network board secretary, Thomas Hoeksema, Ph.D. stated:

“After a prayerful and Spirit-led search, the board is thrilled to select Elizabeth as our next executive director.  In her three years as advancement director, Elizabeth has earned the trust of staff and already is helping us, with enthusiasm and optimism, to move into an exciting period of expansion.”

Elizabeth served in fundraising and visitor and membership services at the Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL) after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN). Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, Elizabeth has been personally affected by CLC Network’s services – her sister was a student at the Christian Learning Center in the 1980’s.  “I am proud to say that my first charitable contribution was to CLC Network,” said Elizabeth. “It has long been a meaningful organization to me and my family, and I am in awe at the way God has allowed me to serve this mission.”

About the Selection Process:

In the fall of 2014, the CLC Network board of directors appointed the executive search committee, chaired by Bob Van Wieren, board president. The committee screened and interviewed multiple candidates and recommended Elizabeth Lucas Dombrowski to the board on May 12, 2015. The board unanimously approved Elizabeth as the next executive director.

“On behalf of the search committee, I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support throughout this process. We are excited about what Elizabeth will bring to this position and are eager to see how God continues to use CLC Network in communities across the nation, ” said Van Wieren.

Honor the First-Generation of CLC Network Leadership  – Save the Date: October 20, 2015

An event honoring the first-generation of CLC Network leadership (including R.H. “Bear” Berends) and celebrating CLC Network’s 35th anniversary will take place on Tuesday, October 20 at the Watermark Country Club (Grand Rapids, MI). Learn more at clcnetwork.org/dinner.

 

Katie Barkley ImageKatie Barkley is the marketing communications manager at CLC Network.