EPU Children’s Center Executive Director Announces Retirement

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EPU Children’s Center Executive Director Announces Retirement;
Agency Seeks Successor with Sierra HR Partners

August 23, 2017—FRESNO, Calif. – The EPU Children’s Center today announced that Ellen Knapp, Executive Director, will retire in January of 2018 after joining the agency in 2015. During her time as EPU’s Executive Director, Knapp strengthened and expanded the agency’s commitment to bettering the lives of children and families in the Central Valley.

Knapp retires after a long career committed to this community. At the start of her career, she was a member of Gottschalks’ leadership, holding titles such as Vice President of Merchandise Control, Director of Merchandise Planning, and Buyer. Her intrinsic leadership qualities and sharp business mentality in the corporate world laid the foundation for her future leadership of community benefit organizations in Fresno

Knapp began her career in the nonprofit sector as the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross Central Valley Chapter, creating emergency response systems necessary to protect the Central Valley in the event of natural disaster. While serving as CEO of the Red Cross, Knapp was honored with Marjaree Mason Center’s Top 10 Women Award in 2011 for her outstanding contributions to our community.

Knapp merged her experience in big business and nonprofit leadership and joined the EPU Children’s Center as Executive Director in 2015. Knapp led the organization through the retirement of its founder, a critical juncture in any agency’s history. Under Knapp’s leadership, EPU has grown to meet the changing needs of families in our community.

“It’s been an honor to serve as the Executive Director of the EPU Children’s Center,” Knapp said. “This agency’s staff is wholly dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in the Central Valley, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of EPU’s 41 year history.”

EPU’s Board of Directors announced that it has begun the search for Knapp’s successor to ensure a seamless transition in agency leadership with Sierra HR Partners.

“Ellen has been a tremendous leader for our agency, and we are grateful for her unwavering commitment and many contributions to EPU’s success,” said Trisha Cooper, President of the EPU Board of Directors. “We look forward to finding the right person to lead this agency to its continued success while upholding our mission, vision and values and utmost dedication to the children and families of the Central Valley.”

Interested candidates may apply online through Sierra HR Partners: http://ejob.bz/ATS/jb.do?reqGK=27039016&portalGK=2393


About EPU Children’s Center (Exceptional Parents Unlimited)
For 41 years, the EPU Children’s Center has provided support for children and families facing extraordinary medical, developmental and parenting challenges throughout Fresno County. Today, the EPU Children’s Center serves over 950 children and families each week. The EPU Children’s Center’s staff of more than 100 therapists and early childhood specialists meet the critical needs of children and families through six specialized programs. For more information, visit www.epuchildren.org