Sharon Loughridge has made a 34-year career out of helping children.
In February of next year, however, that journey will end, with Loughridge, the CEO and president of D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s, stepping down and beginning retirement. The nonprofit agency, which works with West Michigan children and families through foster care, counseling and mentoring services programs, announced that it immediately would begin a search to find a new CEO.
“Sharon has been dedicated to protecting abused and neglected children,” said David Sebastian, D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s board chair.
“We congratulate Sharon and are proud that her enduring leadership, competent management and passionate advocacy for kids as a nonprofit executive for over 30 years have helped so many vulnerable children and families in West Michigan.”
Loughridge joined D.A. Blodgett as the director of services in 2001, and became the CEO and president in 2003. Under her leadership in 2010, D.A. Blodgett merged with St. John’s Home to become D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s. Before joining D.A. Blodgett, she spent approximately 21 years working at Kent County Family Independence Agency in the supervised delinquency and permanent ward foster care unit.
“I am so proud of our employees and all they do to improve the lives of children and families in our community,” she said. “It has been my privilege to work alongside them.”