CCVI Announces New Executive Director

Kansas City, Mo. (May 7, 2013) - Nicola Heskett has been named Executive Director for the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI), it was announced today. Heskett succeeds Mary Lynne Dolembo, who will retire July 31 after 33 years as Executive Director at CCVI.

Heskett has been a CCVI Board member for 10 years and served as Board President during the 2010-11 school year. She is also currently a Board member on the Children’s Center Campus, which oversees the building housing not only CCVI, but two other not-for-profit agencies.

Dolembo announced her retirement two years ago and at that time a succession planning committee comprised of CCVI Board members began conducting a search for her successor.

In making the announcement of Heskett’s hiring, John Lathrop, the co-chair of the committee, expressed his excitement.

“Nicola has a long history of volunteer service to CCVI and is passionate about executing our mission,” he said, “which is helping visually impaired children reach their highest potential.”

Dolembo echoed Lathrop’s appraisal, adding that Heskett’s history with CCVI makes her an excellent choice for the role.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Nicola will be the new Executive Director of CCVI,” she said. “Her commitment to the children and families, her history with the agency and her many skills will enable her to lead the agency successfully into the future. She has all of my support in this transition.”

Heskett is a 1993 graduate of the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts and a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Juris Doctorate. She was previously a partner in the law firm of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP. She and her husband, Walt Cofer, reside in Kansas City, Mo.

About CCVI: Since 1952 CCVI has served children birth through school age who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities. The school provides specialized instruction and therapies to children from across the metropolitan area and beyond. Its mission is to help each child reach his or her highest potential in the sighted world. CCVI celebrated its 60th anniversary in November 2012 with a gala attended by more than 600 guests.

Media Contact: Traci Todd Murphy Children's Center for the Visually Impaired 816-841-2284 x2037

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