SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Following more than forty years of serving Siouxland children and families, Marian Burnett is retiring as executive director of Crittenton Center in May 2020, Terrie Rasheed, president of Crittenton Center’s Board of Directors announced today.
“As an employee of Crittenton Center for 42 years,” Burnett says, “I have seen many changes in how society views women and children, as well as significant changes in Iowa’s child welfare system. Over the last 125 years we have overcome many challenges because we believe that what we do for children and families makes a difference.”
Joining Crittenton Center as a residential counselor in 1977, Burnett currently leads the team of 85 employees as its executive director, overseeing the organization’s efforts to serve more than 2,500 children, individuals and families each year.
During her 11-year tenure as executive director, Burnett has served as a champion for children and families locally and at the state level. Her commitment and influence have made an indelible impact on Siouxland, significant accomplishments including:
- Growing Crittenton Center’s programs to meet the needs of the community
- Increasing collaboration with other social service agencies to help families succeed
- Partnering with local and state agencies around child welfare initiatives
Rasheed says the board will immediately begin a search for a new executive director with plans to identify its next leader by May.