From Nancy Mitchell, Executive Director
I am endlessly optimistic about the dream we all hold in our hearts to see children have hope and opportunity. August will mark the beginning of our eighth year serving the city by building collaborative school-community partnerships. We started with a big dream and we all worked together to build a sustainable model positioned to serve schools, children and their families well into the future. Thank you all for your investment in the dream we share.
I have some very important news to share with you. I will be transitioning out of my role as the Caring for Kids Executive Director. A transition at the end of this year is the right time for my family personally and a healthy milestone for the organization. I approached the CFK Board in the Fall of 2019 to begin transitioning into a succession plan over the next year as my husband and I enter into a new season. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Caring for Kids mission over these years. I look forward to serving on the CFK Board and supporting the mission as a volunteer.
The Board quickly recognized that we had a potential great successor on our own team, Mrs. Porsche Seals. Porsche has been apprenticing with me and was officially hired as the next Caring for Kids Executive Director to begin on September 1, 2020. I will continue to work alongside her through the remainder of the year. We have a 90-day transition plan that includes hiring a new Partnership Director to take over her previous responsibilities. Anyone who has met Porsche recognizes her gift of leadership, her love for children, her pursuit of excellence, and her passion for a fully engaged community investing in the next generation. Part of her vision is that Caring for Kids school partnerships provide a powerful strategy to help address inequities facing many of our city’s children.
Five years ago Porsche’s church, River’s Edge Fellowship, engaged in one of the Raytown school partnerships where her children attend school. She immediately saw the potential of what could happen if the Caring for Kids model was fully leveraged. She came to us three years ago to volunteer on our staff. She did not know that we were searching for someone to facilitate our KCPS school partnerships at the time. The rest is history as she has served with excellence as the Partnership Director in Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools, Raytown Quality Schools, and Grandview C-4 District. She is a natural communicator and has also handled all of our social media for which I am very grateful.
Porsche is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Organization Leadership. She additionally serves on the Raytown Quality Schools Cultural Competency Committee and is active in PTA leadership. Porsche is married to Mr. Steven Seals who serves on the staff of the Urban Scholastic Center in Kansas City, Kansas. They have four beautiful children – Simone, Leahanna, Erin and Stevie.
Please join us in welcoming her as the next Caring for Kids Executive Director.
Nancy Mitchell, CFK Executive Director, and the CFK Board of Directors
Pastor Gary Schmitz, Pray KC Executive Director, CFK Board Chair & Founder
Mr. Rick Boxx, Unconventional Business Network Founder/CEO
Dr. Evelyn Hill, Avenue of Life Community Engagement Director
Pastor Phil Kreiling, Pastors 411 Impact Founder & Director
Dr. Anthony Moore, Raytown Quality Schools Asst. Superintendent
Mr. Glen Posladek, A.B. May Company, Inc. President
Rev. Henry Wash, High Aspirations Founder & President