Announcing Leslie Kay, New Interim Executive Director

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that the Youth, Rights & Justice Board of Directors announces the departure of Mark McKechnie as Executive Director, effective September 28, 2018. Mark has devoted the past 20 years to YRJ, first as a social worker, then as the Executive Director. Mark has led this organization through many changes, fostered new connections in the community, and championed public policies to benefit children, youth and families across Oregon.

After Mark informed the board of his plans in August, the Board conducted a search to identify an Interim Executive Director who will serve until such time as a permanent Executive Director is appointed.

Leslie Kay

I am pleased to announce that Leslie Kay has accepted the offer to serve as YRJ's Interim Executive Director. Leslie comes to YRJ by way of a strong legal career with Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Disability Rights Oregon, and Marion Polk Legal Aid. Leslie's experience as a paralegal, attorney, supervisor, and director make her a fitting candidate to lead YRJ through this transition.

We are committed, now more than ever, to defending the rights of children and families in Oregon through our work in the courts, schools, and legislature. We look forward to continuing our legacy of zealous advocacy and client-centered representation.

 Janet Steverson

President, YRJ Board of Directors

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