Arms of Hope is losing its President and CEO Kevin McDonald as he makes a career transition back to law.
McDonald, who led the creation of Arms of Hope through the consolidation of Medina Children’s Home and Boles Children’s Home, will resign effective June 1, 2012. He plans on returning to his role as a member of Arms of Hope’s board of directors. He was a board member prior to being named president and CEO. He will return to the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP as a partner, where he worked previously in his career.
McDonald and his family are moving to Houston to find care for their daughter who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer.
“This has been a very difficult decision because I dearly love serving socially disadvantaged children through Arms of Hope,” McDonald says. “Our family’s significant change in personal circumstances and the fact that the initial goals we set for the organization upon my arrival have been accomplished has required me to take a careful look at the needs of my beautiful family and make an honest assessment of what is best for us.”
Under McDonald’s leadership, Arms of Hope has added an urban application of its Together Program by opening a campus in Duncanville, Texas, and has developed Outreach Ministry efforts in the inner cities of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The organization has experienced record growth through the addition of new programs to help socially disadvantaged children in some of the most economically distressed areas across Texas, according to Arms of Hope officials.
The board will immediately begin a search to find a replacement for McDonald. Until a new CEO is found, Chief Operations Officer Troy Robertson and Chief Financial Officer Scott Stumbo will lead the organization on an interim basis.