After guiding St. Francis House through over thirty years of growth and new programs to meet the needs of the community, Darlene Bourgeious is retiring as Executive Director. Under her leadership, St. Francis House has expanded its Veteran programs and added services to the Community Outreach (formally Social Services) programs.
The new Executive Director, Greg Chastine, has a long-time love affair with non-profits. From volunteering to running a consulting firm for non-profits, he has experience in grant writing, public relations, and fundraising and has been on several non-profit boards. “I have always loved working with non-profits. My father is a minister, and he raised me to believe in volunteerism and community outreach. With my consulting firm, I worked with agencies like the Arkansas Special Olympics and Arkansas Special Projects, which later became The Arc Arkansas helping with all aspects of fundraising. Eventually, life intervened, and I had to leave work with the non-profit sector, but I always wanted to return.”
Mr. Chastine had supported St. Francis House for some time and knew some of the staff members. ”I love the work St. Francis House does in the community and with Veterans, so after talking to Darlene, I decided to explore the opportunity of Executive Director.”
Mr. Chastine is looking forward to “continuing the legacy and great work that St. Francis House has been doing and help usher into a new chapter.” He says he is excited about getting to know the local supporters such as churches and community groups and is especially interested in growing the Community Outreach department. Welcome aboard, Greg; we are excited to work with you!