Stanwood Camano Community Resources Foundation has hired Joanna Dobbs as its new executive director, following the retirement this month of longtime director Christie Connors. Dobbs’ selection was announced March 5; she will start in May.
In selecting Dobbs out of numerous candidates, the board’s “goal was to honor the legacy of our past leadership while looking towards to new opportunities,” said Board Chair Janet St. Clair. “Joanna brings a commitment to youth and their families and a knowledge of the Stanwood Camano community to this position. We believe she will bring a strong vision for the future of our organization.”
Dobbs lives on Camano Island with her husband, Chuck Pratt, and new daughter Charlotte. She earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Most recently, Dobbs served as program coordinator for Davis Place Teen Center at the Community Resource Center in Stanwood. She also has worked with the Josephine Caring Community, Cocoon House, the Florence Crittenden Home for pregnant and parenting teens, and the Central Kentucky Housing & Homeless Initiative.
"I'm honored to be offered this position with an agency that has so much potential and ability to serve our community,” she said in a news release.
Dobbs also serves as president of Friends of Stanwood Parks and Trails, as a member of Next Generation Stanwood Camano's leadership team and serves on the Stanwood Camano School District's community truancy board.
“Joanna has already demonstrated her community leadership qualities and we are incredibly fortunate that she will be able to continue this leadership at the helm of a central resource for our community,” said community volunteer Theresa Metzger.
A community celebration is being planned for June.