Friendship Haven Announces Change in Leadership
June 6, 2014
President/CEO Julie Thorson announced today there has been a change in Friendship Haven's executive leadership team. Debbie Russell who has served Friendship Haven for over 15 years as the organization's Chief Financial Officer has resigned. Friendship Haven's succession plan included Kalleen Engels succeeding Russell as the organization's CFO.
Engels has served Friendship Haven for 19 years in the company's business office. She most recently served as the organization's Controller/Human Resource Director. Engels has her Bachelor's degree from Buena Visita University with degrees in both Accounting and Management/Human Resources. She ahs held several positions in the business office and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.
Russell has been an essential member of Friendship Haven's leadership team for over 15 years. She was instrumental in the company's recent building project. An example of her commitment to Friendship Haven is her involvement in the company's thoughtful succession plan.
Thorson explained: "We are happy to welcome Kalleen Engels to her new role as Chief Financial Officer. Debbie has had the opportunity to mentor Kalleen for years. we are confident this change in leadership will be a successful one and we are happy to encourage both in their new adventures."
Russell plans to serve a similar retirement community in Ames. They will be relocating to Ames where she is excited to be closer to her family and granddaughter. Engels is from Fort Dodge and a graduate of St. Edmond High School. She and her husband, Geoff have two daughters Madison and Sydney.
About Friendship Haven
Friendship Haven is a non-profit, continuing care retirement community in Fort Dodge, Iowa, that offers a full range of residential options, services and amenities for over 400 older adults. For more information, visit www.friendshiphaven.org.
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