The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter (NWACS) is pleased to announce the selection of Rebekah Mitchell, CFRE as its next executive director. Mitchell will succeed Rick Brazile, who has served as interim executive director since November 2019.

Prior to joining NWACS, Mitchell served as development director for Early Connections Learning Centers in Colorado. She has more than 10 years of experience in nonprofit management with various child-focused organizations. A graduate of Colorado College, Mitchell holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and has served as a board member and president of the Junior League of Colorado Springs and executive board member of Newborn Hope.

“I’m honored to join the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter and work alongside such an extraordinary team of talented and committed people,” said Mitchell. “NWACS is clearly a loved and vital part of the community fabric of Northwest Arkansas. I look forward to serving as an advocate for investing in our community’s children and building on the legacy of safety, care and hope that defines and distinguishes this premier charity.”

As executive director, Mitchell will work closely with staff and the NWACS board to expand the programs provided by the Shelter, including Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas, The Shelter Shop and the Foster Parent Training Program.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rebekah to the NWACS team,” said Emily Reynolds, NWACS board president. “She truly has a dedication to serving the community and a heart for youth in crisis. Her extensive experience in organizational management, relationship-building, program execution and supporter engagement make her an excellent choice to lead the Shelter into its third decade of serving Arkansas’ children.”

Since 1993, the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter has provided a safe place of healing for more than 11,500 children from throughout the state. The 24-hour, residential shelter provides programs and services to children who have been abandoned, abused and neglected. NWACS is a private, non-profit organization.

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