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Moos named Children's Village interim CEO

| May 14, 2021 1:00 AM

COEUR d'ALENE — Vanessa Moos has been named acting interim chief executive officer at Children's Village, a licensed residential children’s home.

She has served as the nonprofit's director of charitable giving since 2019.

“After so many years in the nonprofit sector, this appointment is the honor of a lifetime," Moos said in a press release. "Coeur d’Alene has supported the kids at Children’s Village for 31 years; as we expand our therapeutic services and community outreach, I’m thrilled to lead the way in partnership with our entire staff and volunteer leadership team."

The appointment is effective immediately.

Moos will guide the facility, which is dedicated to providing a safe haven and restoring hope for children who have been abused, neglected or are in severe family crisis.

Children's Village has a staff of about 40, both part and full time.

It annually serves at least 60 children and families with short-term and extended residential care.

Moos has 14 years of nonprofit fundraising, management and leadership experience. The appointment will assist the agency with continuing its work to serve at-risk children and families in Kootenai County and surrounding areas.

“Vanessa has shown over these past two years a deep passion for these kids," Children’s Village Foundation Board of Directors President Amie Anderson said. "Her promotion into a leadership role is beneficial to our organization and for these children.”

In 2020, five children died in Idaho because of child abuse, according to the press release. No deaths had been reported since 2017.

"Pandemic-related financial, food and housing insecurities are growing rapidly in Kootenai County and surrounding areas," the release said. "Children’s Village is working to ready and grow their partnerships and services for those in need. Since opening their counseling and education center in 2019, Children’s Village has hired a full-time residential therapist and continues to expand paraprofessional services."

Moos replaces Mark Wilson.

"We are deeply grateful that his work over the past 3 and-a-half years has been dedicated and has brought us to where we are today," Moos said. "We all wish him well on his next adventure and know he will be doing good things for our community.”

Upon completion of the interim timeframe, the agency and Moos, along with chief program officer Rosa Mettler, will be doing a formal review of structure to ensure the best stewardship of donor dollars.

"This will include the consideration of hiring for prior roles," the release said.