Children’s Home Society selects new CEO

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The next CEO for Children’s Home Society (CHS) will be Michelle Lavallee. Lavallee will follow Bill Colson, who announced he would retire at the end of this year and had served as the society’s head for the past 10 years.

The release provided by CHS, detailed Lavellee’s immediate priorities in areas such as increasing workforce development services, expanding Children’s Inn (an emergency shelter for women and children). And detailed her leadership experience as a determining factor in her selection as Lavallee’s previous positions include; executive-level positions at Raven, Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, and The University of South Dakota as well as her service on other non-profit boards.

“South Dakota’s children and families will benefit greatly from Michelle’s strong leadership skills in strategy development, fundraising and workforce development,” said Meg Warder, CHS board chair. “Michelle is a well-respected and experienced leader in South Dakota, grounded to lead CHS to future growth. She also has an incredible passion to advance our mission to empower our communities to be resilient, safe, healthy and strong. We are excited for CHS’s future with Michelle at the helm.” Warder added, “We also want to thank Bill for his dedicated service to our community in his leadership positions with CHS and wish him a well-deserved retirement.”

Lavallee will be the 10th leader for CHS in the organizations 126-year history and will hold her primary office from the CHS campus in Sioux Falls.

“I’m so inspired by the work of Children’s Home Society and am humbled to further expand its mission,” said Lavallee. “It will be an honor to work with this passionate team and positively impact the lives of so many children, adults and families within communities in South Dakota.”


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