FLINT — The Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce (GRCC) today announced leadership appointments at YouthQuest, the organization’s afterschool program for at-risk children. The program operates at 15 schools in Flint-Genesee County. Changes in leadership are aimed at furthering the goals and objectives of the program and building on the success achieved in the first year.
“YouthQuest is off to a terrific start with over 2,000 students enrolled in the first year,” said Tim Herman, CEO of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce. “I look forward to the outstanding momentum continuing with the new leadership team in place.”
John Waldo is named Program Director of YouthQuest, reporting to Rhetta Hunyady, Executive Director of YouthQuest and Regional Chamber Group Vice President of Operations and EETC. His appointment is effective April 13, 2011. In this role, Waldo will oversee the day-to-day delivery of the YouthQuest Program. In addition, he will serve as the primary contact for schools and community partners to execute the YouthQuest strategic plan. Prior to joining YouthQuest, Waldo was most recently Faculty Development Specialist for Baker College of Flint. He was responsible for creating and presenting professional development modules for faculty and he facilitated leadership and team development workshops.
Other positions held include Director of Leadership Programs for Resource Genesee; Human Services Internship Coordinator for Baker College of Flint; and Health and Safety Facilitator for the Genesee Intermediate School District.
Sharri Newman is named Assistant Director of YouthQuest, reporting to John Waldo, effective April 1, 2011. In this role, Newman will be responsible for all programming, curriculum and professional development to support the YouthQuest plan.
Prior to joining YouthQuest, Newman was the CEO for Exceeding Enterprises, a small business focused on designing and facilitating career development and entrepreneurial workshops for youth and adults.
To learn more about YouthQuest, please visit www.yquest.org. — G.G.