Barnabas director gets new position

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Staff Report

Barnabas Connection will be under new leadership for the first time, as Executive Director Vicki McCuistion will be leaving the position to take a new job.

“It is with a mix of grief and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Vicki McCuistion’s departure as Executive Director of The Barnabas Connection October 23, 2017,” a press release from Barnabas said. “Since 2004, Vicki has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership.”

McCuistion will take over as the Disaster Response Logistics Coordinator for the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. She will be coordinating and developing resources to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

In 13 years with Barnabas Connection in Wimberley, McCuistion has helped the organization grow considerably from an idea into a nonprofit that helps local children and impacted hundreds during the Memorial Weekend Floods of 2015. 

During the flood recovery, Barnabas helped raise $1.3 million that went back into the local recovery from the floods. The subsequently they administrated the disaster recovery, which still lingers on to this day. Beyond the disaster recovery work, Barnabas Connection also started the Back To School Fiesta that annually provides backpacks, school supplies, new shows and many other resources to more than 500 local students attending school in Wimberley. Those services expanded in 2014 with the opening of the Christmas Store, a program that provides and restores dignity to families in need around the holidays. McCuistion also worked with Pedernales Electric Cooperative to create a process for lowering fees and increasing access for lower income clients.

Barnabas Connection will be hiring a short-term interim director. Over the next few months, the Board will be conducting a search to find the new Barnabas Connection Executive Director. During this transition period, it is their priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. A job announcement will be shared and any help in identifying candidates who can help the Barnabas Connection continue along this successful trajectory is appreciated. 

“We cannot thank Vicki enough for the dedication, passion, and enthusiasm she has given the Barnabas Connection over the past 13 years,” Frank Walker, Board President, said. “She will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, volunteers and partners alike. We look forward to following the success of her career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of the Barnabas Connection as we continue to support our community in assisting people in need through education, advocacy, and direct services.” 

If the community has any questions or concerns during this transition process, contact Walker at sailpancho@aol.com.

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