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Meaghan Henry Selected as New Executive Director of Canopy Center

For Immediate Release:

(Madison, WI) (July 15, 2021) – Following the news that the former executive director would be stepping down from the role, the Canopy Center Board of Directors began the search for a replacement. The Board and the Personnel Committee appointed a subcommittee to search for a new Executive Director to replace Donna Fox on her well-deserved retirement after 24 years of dedicated service at the agency. This led them to hire Meaghan Henry, who had been serving as the agency’s Program Director for Dane County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), a program that provides community-based trained volunteer advocates to support children who are under the protection of the courts due to abuse or neglect.

“Her experience, passion, skill set of managing people, and vision for Canopy Center gave the committee strong confidence that Meaghan is the best candidate,” says Board President Austin Streeper. “Although it is a common perception…that an internal candidate is the automatic hire, that was not the case in this situation. It was Meaghan’s independent merit that drove our decision to recommend her to the full board as the new Executive Director.”

During her time leading the CASA Program at Canopy Center, Henry supported hundreds of volunteer advocates who provided direct services to hundreds of children, she co-chaired the National CASA Urban Leadership Council, and she served on the Casey Family Foundation Judicial Engagement Team (JET) whose mission is to improve outcomes for children in foster care.

Henry will oversee the important work being done by the agency through its three programs: Dane County CASA, Oasis, a sexual abuse treatment program, and Parent to Child, a supervised visitation program.

“The Canopy Center does amazing and important work for children and their families,” says Meaghan Henry. “I feel honored to step into this new role so I can support the people doing this hard work.” She notes her first focus is filling the agency position vacancies, including her own former director position left vacant with this transition. “It’s hard when there are staff vacancies, especially in director roles such as our Oasis Clinical Director and now CASA Program Director. The staff need to rely on those supports. It’s my top priority to find well-qualified individuals to join our team so we have less barriers as we serve the children and families who use our programs.”

To learn more about the open positions or volunteer opportunities at Canopy Center, visit https://canopycenter.org/how-to-help/.

Donna Fox Stepping Down as Executive Director of Canopy Center

(Madison, WI) (May 24, 2021) – Following a long career of devoted service and compassionate leadership, Canopy Center’s executive director, Donna Fox, will be stepping down as of July of this year.

Fox has served in this role since 2009, previously working as Associate Director for five years and a social worker in one of our programs for seven. Under her leadership tenure, Canopy Center has gone through meaningful growth and transformation, including a collaboration with Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center that allowed the organizations to work in closer proximity to each other, enhancing the complementary services they each provide and ultimately strengthening the network of child advocacy providers in the community. She created a much-needed supervised visitation program in 2015 in collaboration with Dane County Human Services. This is the only agency-based supervised visitation program in Dane County serving both county and private clients. Also in 2015, she successfully completed the merger of Dane County CASA into Canopy Center, a move that solidified the program and put them on a solid financial foundation so they can serve children in the foster care system for years to come.

“Donna’s impact on this organization, the staff members, and the clients they serve is remarkable,” says Austin Streeper, Canopy Center Board President. “She dedicated 24 years of her career to this work and our community is a stronger, more empathetic and supportive place because of the heart-centered legacy Donna has built – for that we are grateful.”

The board will begin accepting applications immediately and plans to review candidates through June 4, 2021.

“I will greatly miss working with some of the most dedicated and caring individuals I know. I am proud of my time with Canopy Center and it will always be in my heart. The work the agency does is vital to this community. I am also looking forward to a brief respite to decide what my next challenge will be and to simply enjoy my family for a while,” states Donna Fox.

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