Char McClanahan, Senior Director for Dungarvin Nevada, Retires

Apr 03
Robert Bachicha, Regional Director
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With great appreciation, Dungarvin Nevada celebrated Char McClanahan and her retirement on March 24th in Las Vegas Nevada.

Char’s final day with Dungarvin was March 31. She has been with Dungarvin just shy of 21 years and has made a significant impact for the people we serve and in multiple areas of the Dungarvin organization. Her leadership and personality will be greatly missed.

Starting with Dungarvin Colorado, in Colorado Springs in July 1996, Char was working from a home office, as Program Director, over a small operation. She steadily grew the operation and was willing to take on any challenge. Char was instrumental in the development and growth of the Colorado Springs operations. As the Colorado Springs program grew, her role changed to that of Area Director. Char then accepted the task of strengthening the Child Placement Agency (CPA) component of Dungarvin Colorado. It was virtually a complete overhaul as she established the foundation for the CPA program. The program she reorganized is recognized as a leader in the Colorado Foster Care system, thanks in great part to her work.

Her next major challenge came with another promotion to the Senior Director position with Nevada. During her 5 plus years in Nevada, Char has overseen many improvements in Dungarvin services. In recent years, Char has been instrumental in transition of Dungarvin Nevada services from a group home model to primarily a host home model. As has been the case in all things Char has done with Dungarvin, she is leaving an improved system for the people we serve and the Dungarvin organization. Thank you Char for all you have done.

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  1. Sarah Cummings,

    I had the opportunity to work under Char’s leadership, for Dungarvin, in both Colorado Springs, CO and Las Vegas, NV. Not only did she enhance the lives of each person receiving services but, with an overwhelming plethora of experience and finely-honed leadership skills, change the lives of every employee. Every day, I strive to be the type of leader she is. I am forever grateful for the time I spent learning from her wisdom.


  2. Kimberly Carter,

    Char, you have been an inspiration. You made a difference in the lives of many! Individual’s and staff alike! You will be moving on to support many more and they will be very fortunate as your compassion and caring will leave a profound legacy for generations to come. Best wishes in all of your endeavors. It’s not goodbye. It’s see you later.


  3. Scott Tillotson,

    I miss her already, and I greatly appreciated working with her for a little more than 4 yrs. Her wealth of knowledge, determination, and reality based direction was certainly what this program needed. Thank you Char!