St. John’s Community Care Appoints New Executive Director
St. John’s Community Care has announced that Christine Stewart is the organization’s new executive director. An experienced leader, Stewart assumes her new duties May 2, 2022. She succeeds Nancy Berry who, after 34 years as executive director, retires May 31.
Christine comes to St. John’s from Alberta, Canada, where she led the Canadian Mental Health Association of Central Alberta beginning in 2017. Prior to that, she served as manager of agency programs for McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association. After living and working in Canada for more than 20 years, Christine said she is is eager to return to the St. Louis area where she grew up.
“After interviewing finalists for executive director, it was clear to the search committee that Christine will be a great fit to succeed Nancy in continuing to care for and empower elders and those who care for them,” said Carla Gain, search committee chair.
In her recent positions, Stewart opened a Supportive Housing Program for individuals with severe mental illness; opened the first Intensive Case Management youth housing program in Central Alberta; and obtained 3-year federal funding for addictions counseling for youth.
“I am thrilled to join St. John’s Community Care to continue this legacy of care to seniors and their families in Metro-East St. Louis,” said Stewart. “I look forward to connecting to and being part of this incredible community. My family already feels so welcomed!”
“We look forward to Christine’s leadership as St. John’s pursues a long-term goal of expanding our services in meaningful ways,” said Jim Achenbach, president of the board of directors. “While we are proud of our current mission, Christine’s fresh perspective and varied experiences will enrich our vision for the future.”
Stewart grew up in Fenton, Mo., and has a social work degree from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.
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