Board of Directors President Announces New Executive Director at MiraVia
To my fellow supporters of MiraVia:
I have some exciting news to share with you! As you may have read in the December edition of the Catholic News & Herald, our beloved Executive Director, Jeannie Wray, retired from her position on March 31. Jeannie has been a tremendous asset to our organization over the past decade and leaves some enormous shoes to fill. Those of you who know Jeannie don’t need to hear from me what a special person she is. She is a saintly person, a great leader and a tireless advocate for our organization. I have been blessed to know her and call her a friend during my 8 years on the MiraVia board and I will truly miss her wit, wisdom and passion in our board meetings.
When Jeannie originally told me about her wish to retire, I tried to look at it more as an opportunity to build on the outstanding progress we have made during Jeannie’s tenure rather than something to be worried about. To find the absolute best candidate, the board created a special committee made up of current board members, past presidents of the organization and one active supporter of MiraVia who performs executive searches for a living. We all made sure to say extra prayers as our committee went through the search and hiring process. The committee first formulated a list of the key attributes that we were looking for in our new Executive Director and then solicited resumes both online and in various Catholic publications around our region, with the goal of casting the widest net possible. We received numerous inquiries and resumes and ultimately selected four candidates to interview. The candidates all came from diverse backgrounds with unique skill sets but shared a passion for our mission on both a personal and professional level, and the committee felt fortunate to have such good choices.
Ultimately, there was one candidate who rose above the others with her knowledge of the organization, her poise, her strength, her humility and her abundantly evident passion for our mission. I am proud to announce, on behalf of the board of directors of MiraVia, that our new Executive Director is Debbie Capen.
Debbie has served as the Assistant Director of MiraVia since 2008 and has been running the residential program at Belmont Abbey College since 2013. Prior to joining MiraVia, Debbie worked in the private sector with Honeywell, rising through the ranks from a receptionist to her final role as a Senior Human Resources Consultant. Debbie has been intimately involved in the pro-life movement in Charlotte for the past 15 years. Debbie’s experiences as the former chairperson of Charlotte Right to Life, and time spent partnering with organizations like North Carolina Right to Life, Silent No More and 40 Days for Life, as well as her 9 years of experience at MiraVia make her uniquely suited to lead our organization.
Debbie and her husband, Jon, have been tireless supporters of MiraVia over the years and have gone above and beyond to serve our clients, even while raising a large family of their own. As Debbie described it to our committee, the Capen Family views MiraVia as their mission … not just a job. I could not be more delighted and excited for the future of our organization to have Debbie at the helm.
Please join me in congratulating Debbie on this well-deserved recognition of her talent and please say a prayer for Debbie and our staff as we make this leadership transition over the next month. And, as always, I ask that you keep our clients and their children in your prayers at all times. This organization is a daily fountain of blessings for those of us who have the honor to be part of it, and that includes all of you. Please know that the board and the staff keep all of you in our prayers as well and wish you and your families all the best.