The CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan is moving on.
The Grand Rapids, faith-based nonprofit said Wednesday that after almost three years at the helm of Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) as CEO, Chris Slater announced his resignation and new role as CFO at Choice Schools Associates in Wyoming.
Slater’s last day will be July 7.
“It was a hard decision to leave Catholic Charities because I am extremely proud of the work we are doing to give people hope and help them restore their lives, but ultimately, I felt now was a good time to move on,” Slater said.
“Working in conjunction with Bishop (David) Walkowiak, the board of directors, staff and volunteers has been a privilege and an honor. I know the CCWM team will continue to work tirelessly to support our clients and provide help for those most in need.”
During his tenure, Slater led a team of nearly 300 employees and thousands of volunteers who provide support for the organization’s more than 30 social service programs. He sharpened the agency’s emphasis on family preservation programs and expanded CCWM’s staff to nearly 150 staff members for these programs.
He was instrumental in securing and planning the development of Catholic Charities’ new Muskegon campus, featuring a detox center, which is scheduled to be completed later this year, and a new administrative building for CCWM.
He also is responsible for expanding CCWM to southwest Michigan with a new location in Benton Harbor that provides family preservation and child welfare programs.
“Chris has guided Catholic Charities West Michigan with great compassion, ensuring that staff members and clients are recognized and valued for their inherent dignity as a child of God,” said Walkowiak, bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids. “Catholic Charities West Michigan is important because it is the means by which the Catholic Church lives her mission in our community.”
Conor Dugan, CCWM board chair, said he appreciates Slater’s strategic accomplishments in the past three years.
“He has worked hard to develop a strong leadership team that works collaboratively to deliver the much-needed services we offer in the communities we serve,” Dugan said.
Walkowiak appointed Laura Ploof, CCWM chief administrative officer, as interim CEO. A national search for CCWM’s next leader will begin soon.