Heather Powell, the new CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County, does not lack for energy or enthusiasm.
She rolled into Bellingham at 2 p.m. on Halloween after a drive of more than 2,000 miles from Wisconsin. At 4 p.m., she, husband Dan and 10-year-old daughter Gracia were joyfully trick-or-treating in Fairhaven.
“It was so much fun, absolutely wonderful, how many families were out and how great the people and business community in Fairhaven received them,” Heather said. “It was a great first day in Bellingham for all of us together.”
She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and grew up in Janesville, Wis., where she knew 2012 vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
Powell, 38, is a former elementary school teacher who served the previous three years as CEO of the Door County Boys and Girls Club in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Last summer, Dan Powell became CEO of the Whatcom Family YMCA. At the time, Heather did not know she would also become leader of a local human services organization. Read more.