Wedgwood creates new leadership roles

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Dawn Harvey Courtesy Wedgwood Christian Services

A local faith-based social services nonprofit promoted two employees to newly created leadership roles.

Wedgwood Christian Services said it appointed Dawn Harvey as the organization’s first chief program officer and the Rev. LeRae Kuperus as its first chief officer of mission integration and spiritual formation.

The two promotions reflect leadership and structural changes within the agency over the past several months.

The chief program officer role was created to oversee the leadership, strategic planning and development of Wedgwood’s community and residential programs.

LeRae Kuperus Courtesy Wedgwood Christian Services

The chief officer of mission integration and spiritual formation oversees the leadership, strategic planning and development of the agency’s chaplaincy, diversity, transforming services and “care for the caregiver” teams.

A 30-year Wedgwood employee, Harvey has served in several roles at the agency, most recently as director of residential and community services.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Calvin University and is a licensed social worker with the state of Michigan.

“I am honored and blessed to be able to serve alongside amazing co-workers who demonstrate the love of Christ to children, adults and families,” Harvey said.

Added Dan Gowdy, Wedgwood’s new president and CEO since May: “Throughout her accomplished tenure at Wedgwood, Dawn has led by example, extending God’s love through a caring and compassionate heart. We are grateful she chooses to use her God-given gifts to serve Wedgwood’s mission.”

Kuperus joined Wedgwood in 1998 as a chaplain and most recently served as the director of spiritual formation. She is ordained by the Christian Reformed Church in North America with a full chaplaincy endorsement and is certified in crisis intervention stress management (CISM). She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and sociology from Calvin University, as well as a Master of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary.

“There is no place I’d rather be,” Kuperus said. “To love is to serve, and Wedgwood’s mission aligns with my daily response to love God by loving my neighbor. It gives me great joy to work at Wedgwood.”

Gowdy added, “LeRae is a wonderful example of a servant-leader. She has been a consistent source of godly strength, wisdom and encouragement to many staff and those we serve. LeRae has been a strong proponent of staff training and development. Her concern for others and heart to serve are inspiring.”

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Founded in 1960, Wedgwood Christian Services works with youth and families dealing with issues such as sex trafficking, abuse, substance abuse, developmental delays and school expulsions.

Its main campus is in Kentwood, at 3300 36th St. SE, and the nonprofit provides counseling, community programs and residential care services.

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