Human Resources and Nonprofits

Nonprofit hires president and CEO

November 16, 2017
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Chris Palusky
Chris Palusky. Courtesy Bethany Christian Services

A Grand Rapids-based global nonprofit has named its new president and CEO.

Bethany Christian Services said today it hired Chris Palusky for the role.

In the position, Palusky will be responsible for developing long-term strategy and direction, leading innovative change and building relationships and partnerships for the organization.

Palusky brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience.

He was most recently based in Washington, D.C. as the U.S. VP of private funding and humanitarian and emergency affairs at World Vision.

“Having supported children and families in crisis for nearly 75 years, Bethany is one of the most well-respected organizations throughout the world, so I’m honored by the opportunity to join an exceptional staff of caring professionals committed to aiding vulnerable children,” Palusky said.

Palusky was selected unanimously by the board out of 50 candidates.

He is replacing Bill Blacquiere, who spent 31 years at the agency.

“Bethany’s heart is for children, and we want to continue serving as a driving force of positive change for families around the world,” said Garth Deur, board chair, Bethany.

“Under Bill’s guidance, Bethany has expanded its influence on countries hoping to enable children to remain in their home country with loving families. It’s remarkable how much progress has been made in this area and the prospects for continued growth on such efforts moving forward. We are grateful for Bill’s years of leadership and are confident that Chris is the ideal candidate to take the mantle and lead the organization for years to come.”

Bethany Christian Services

Founded in 1944, Bethany Christian Services offers U.S. and international adoption, foster care and counseling.

The agency has 120 locations in 38 states and serves more than 100,000 children annually.

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