LIFT-UP director quits after 4 months on job |

LIFT-UP director quits after 4 months on job

— LIFT-UP executive director Jan Jacobs resigned and a search has been launched for the third executive to head the non profit organization.

Jacobs, who accepted the position last November, resigned in late March to relocate to Oregon. She is getting married, she said.

Her last day with LIFT-UP is April 28.
LIFT-UP board member David Henderson said the board knew there was a possibility Jacobs may resign. “She was very up-front about it,” he said.

Jacobs is the second person to serve as executive director for LIFT-UP, which runs a local food bank, thrift store and donation center. The original director, Karen Rhoads, who is also Jacobs’ sister, resigned last year to relocate to Oregon.

Rhoads, however, has moved back to Steamboat and has applied for the job.

“Karen is one of the applicants and has expressed interest in the position,” Henderson said.

The board has received four or five applications, all from people who live in Steamboat, and is still encouraging others to apply, Henderson said.

The executive director is responsible for overseeing all of the LIFT-UP programs, fund-raising and budgeting.

“We’re looking for someone who can give oversight to all of the programs, but at the same time be very hands-on, particularly in volunteer recruitment and organization,” Henderson said.

LIFT-UP relies heavily on volunteers and has had trouble finding them, he said.

Jacobs said she enjoyed her months at LIFT-UP and she was excited that LIFT-UP made $27,000 as the recipient of this year’s Snow Ball.

“I think she’s done a very good job. Fiscally, things are very sound and the agency is moving forward,” Henderson said.

He said the board hopes to have a replacement hired by May 1.

— To reach Jennifer Bartlett call 871-4204 or e-mail

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