Dégagé makes development department changes

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Stacey O’ Keefe. Courtesy Dégagé Ministries

A downtown nonprofit homeless agency made two changes to its development department.

Dégagé Ministries in late 2021 hired Stacey O’Keefe as its new director of development, replacing outgoing Director Brooke Jevicks, and Kacey Spencer was hired to the long-vacant position of fund development and event manager.

O’Keefe brings more than a decade of experience connecting philanthropists to nonprofits and has supported corporate, foundational and individual giving efforts in her professional life and as a volunteer. She has worked as a director of development for multiple nonprofit organizations, including InterAct of Michigan, Ada. S. McKinley Community Services and One Hope United, and she is a former partner in Chicago law firm D. Ancona and Pflaum.

Her passion for animal welfare advocacy led to her nine-time nationwide deployment to rescue and shelter pets during national disasters. O’Keefe earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in social work and a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois.

Kacey Spencer. Courtesy Dégagé Ministries

“I am so excited to answer God’s call to lead the fundraising team at Dégagé and look forward to meeting all of Dégagé’s donors, supporters and volunteers,” O’Keefe said.

Grand Rapids native Kacey Spencer brings a decade of experience in project management and leadership. The new fund development and event manager said she felt God leading her to come work for the organization after attending Dégagé’s 2017 Open Door, Open Heart event.

“I am honored to be in a position to contribute to an organization that genuinely lives out their mission of treating everyone with dignity and respect,” Spencer said.

Spencer formerly served local Christian radio station, 91.3 (WCSG) as a development and grants coordinator and holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in project management from Cornerstone University, where she also worked as an enrollment counselor.

Dégagé’s newest members join the 40-person team led by Thelma Ensink and will assist in coordinating programs and services offered by the growing organization as it undergoes facility and service expansions, with expected completion in 2022, as the Busines Journal previously reported. The organization’s 2022 developments include increasing capacity from 14,600 to 27,010 overnight stays per year and an increase the number of meals served by 50%.

More information is at degageministries.org.

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