PASS executive director steps down
Prescott Area Shelter Services' longtime executive director, Carmen Frederic, is stepping down to take a job that better suits her family's current needs.
Her last day with PASS is Friday, March 27.
"We're all very sad to lose Carmen, but we're all very supportive of her decision," said Gerry Garvey, a member of the board of directors.
Frederic has been the organization's executive director since 2009. During her tenure, PASS (formerly Prescott Area Women's Shelter) has forged relationships with partner organizations such as the DAV, businesses large and small and the community at large.
"The community support has been amazing," Frederic said, citing two downtown salons that held fundraisers that brought in $8,000 each. "That is really how we grew - through that kind of support."
Garvey praised Frederic's work, saying that under her direction, the shelter boasts a 95 percent success rate of residents going on to find permanent housing. Garvey also said that Frederic is very client-centered and deals with each person on a case-by-case basis.
"We never dreamed of the heart and soul she would be of PASS," Garvey said. "It's going to be very hard to fill her shoes because she's so special."
The board is, however, going to try. They're advertising locally and through a statewide network, and board members have been recruiting folks they feel would be a good fit, Garvey said.
"We're really hoping that we can replace her within a month," she said.
In the meantime, Shelter Case Manager Katee Norris is serving as interim executive director.
And Frederic won't be too far away. She plans to remain involved in the organization.
"I'm still going to be a part of Prescott Area Shelter Services, just not as the director," she said.