PHILLIPS Welcomes New President & CEO
The PHILLIPS Programs Board of Trustees is proud to announce the appointment of Nancy Mercer, LCSW as President & CEO. Mercer is a licensed clinical social worker with twenty-seven years of experience working with children, adults and families living with lifelong disabilities, in both private, non-profit settings as well as the public school system. Mercer is a dedicated and effective advocate for individuals with disabilities and comes to PHILLIPS with energy, enthusiasm, and significant successful experience as a clinician and executive. She will assume the President and CEO role on October 1, 2011. Mercer replaces Sally Sibley the current President & CEO who at the end of September will have dedicated 42 years of time, talent and leadership to the organization. In addition to growing the organization from a small classroom of four children in a church basement to an organization that is seen as a leader in providing children and families with opportunities to grow and thrive within the classroom and the community; Sibley and PHILLIPS sits at policy making tables across the region and is proud to share that the staff who implement the mission are some of the most committed and talented individuals in the field.
Many nonprofit CEOs and leaders are retiring, which presents an increasing need for a new generation of leaders. Succession planning at PHILLIPS is a priority, at every level of the organization. Upon announcement of Sibley's plans to retire, staff and Board of PHILLIPS worked diligently to ensure a smooth transition into new leadership and assure the new leader would hold the same belief in the organization’s values. "The transition process has been a thoughtful and thorough one," shares Jim Ward, chair of search committee. "We believe Nancy Mercer, PHILLIPS Programs new President & CEO, embraces our values, honors our history and is invested in building the PHILLIPS future with and for our students, families, staff, volunteers and community."