Kalamazoo Area Runners Hires First Executive Director

Executive Director Hired

After a five month selection process, the Board of Directors is excited to announce we have concluded the search for Kalamazoo Area Runners first Executive Director.  After a thorough selection process, we have made the decision to hire Joy Mills and she will be starting with Kalamazoo Area Runners effective Monday, September 16, 2013.    Joy will report to the Board of Directors and will be working out of her home in Otsego.  She holds a Masters’ Degree in Accountancy from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Albion College.  Joy has a diverse background which includes eight years of public accounting experience, small business ownership and previous experience in event planning and volunteer management.  She is a runner, a member of the Kalamazoo Area Runners, has served as an assistant coach for Girls on the Run, and has participated in a number of our events and programs.

The Board of Directors is in the process of developing a one year transition plan, allowing Joy to gradually absorb operational duties from the Board of Directors, as well as the Executive Director responsibilities previously fulfilled on an interim basis by the Board President.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Joy as she joins the Kalamazoo Area Runners leadership team.  We plan on introducing her to the membership at our Club Championship Series Awards Ceremony in November!