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NETWORK NEWS: Jamie Johnson Selected to Lead Network in the Role of President

The Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) has announced that Jamie Johnson has been selected to lead IAN in the role of President. Jamie’s passion for connecting school day learning with out-of-school time quality programming led her to join the Network as Vice President in 2012. Jamie brings more than 20 years of youth serving experience to her new role which begins September 22, 2017.

“The IAN board is excited to work with Jamie in this new capacity. She is deeply committed to our work and understands the value of high quality out of school time programming for youth and families. She is the best person to lead our organization at this stage in our development,” said Dan Diehl, IAN Board Chair.

The Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN) today announced that Jamie Johnson has been selected to lead IAN in the role of President. Jamie’s passion for connecting school day learning with out-of-school time quality programming led her to join the Indiana Afterschool Network as Vice President in 2012. Jamie brings more than 20 years of youth serving experience to her new role which begins September 22, 2017. “The IAN board is excited to work with Jamie in this new capacity. She is deeply committed to our work and understands the value of high quality out of school time programming for youth and families. She is the best person to lead our organization at this stage in our development,” said Dan Diehl, IAN Board Chair.

IAN is helping to transform learning beyond the school day so that Indiana youth and families have access to high quality afterschool and summer programs. At the heart of these programs are the youth professionals who work every day to foster individual strengths, expand opportunities and to amplify successes.

“It is my honor to serve as the next president and I look forward to continuing the momentum and success that IAN has had over the past few years. With a strong and accomplished team and dedicated partners, IAN will continue to build on its legacy and impact,” said Johnson. Jamie currently lives in Carmel with her husband, Patrick and son, Sasha. She started her career as a high school English teacher and later served as an Assistant Principal focusing on curriculum and instruction. Her commitment to quality education and innovation led her to Walt Disney Development as the Director of Curriculum and Learning where she served as the liaison between the innovation school and corporate initiatives. In 2002, Jamie moved to Indiana and worked as Chief Creative Officer for Inquisitive Kids, an educational nonprofit that provided over 70,000 free resources to schools and afterschool programs. She has been an educational consultant for the Indiana Department of Education, Learn More Indiana, College Mentors for Kids, and other youth serving organizations.

IAN conducted an open search process led by Bryan Orander of Charitable Advisors and a search committee from June to September. Feedback provided by staff, partners, and board members guided the process.

Media contact: Jamie Johnson jjohnson@indianaafterschool.org

 

Debbie Zipes Farewell Letter to the Field 

To my many friends, colleagues and partners,

After nine years at the Indiana Afterschool Network, I am leaving my position as President to pursue the next steps in my life journey. It has been an inspiration and honor to work with all of you who put your heart and soul into supporting kids and families across our communities.

Many of you have been with IAN since the beginning, and many of you have joined us along the way. We started with a vision that all Indiana kids should have access to quality afterschool and summer programs to prepare them for the future. We still have a long way to go, but what amazing progress we’ve made. Together with all of you we’ve created a network of more than 5,000 programs, schools and partners and changed the landscape for kids and families. Hundreds of people in Indiana are now working together to advocate for more resources, to support quality programs and training for staff, and build innovative partnerships to give our kids more opportunities to learn and grow beyond the school day. Our signature event, the Indiana Summit on Out of School Learning, has become a special place where more than 800 of you come together as an afterschool community to connect and share best practices. Because of all of you, afterschool now has a unified voice in our state – and a national voice too. It is a time to celebrate our success. And to give a special thanks to our staff, board, funders, and youth workers who make all this possible.

With our talented and dedicated staff team, board of directors and all of you, IAN will continue to grow its reach and impact. I am sure the years ahead will see much success. I am certain I will miss daily interactions with you all, and I am also excited about where I am heading next. I’ve overcome a few medical hurdles the past couple of years and they have inspired me seek a new adventure.

I am going to take time to travel and explore the world. While I am off seeing new places and meeting new people, I want to stay in touch and connected to you. So please join me once I get my social media act together! I will be at IAN until September 22 and you can reach me at debbiezipes@gmail.com after that.

Thanks again for this wonderful journey together!

All the best,

Debbie Zipes