The CAPS Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Melinda Konrath-Fielding as president and CEO beginning on June 4, 2018. Konrath-Fielding follows Candy Yoder who has served at CAPS for 29 years. Yoder will be joining the Community Foundation of Elkhart County as Chief Program Officer beginning July 1, 2018.

 Konrath-Fielding brings extensive experience in nonprofit leadership. She has a degree in nursing and has served in director of nursing roles at Madison Center and Hospital as well as the St. Joseph County Health Department. Konrath-Fielding spent the last 13 years as president/CEO of Northern Indiana Maternal & Child Health Network, an organization she co-founded. She brings experience in grant management, strategic planning and organizational development. She was drawn to the CAPS opportunity to further extend her impact.

“Melinda’s proven leadership and organizational skills fit well with the demands and expectations of the President and CEO role at CAPS,” said CAPS Board Chair Brian Hall. “She has a heart for others, making her an ideal candidate for (our organization). We are thrilled to have found such a strong candidate to lead us into the future.”

“I’m am very excited to work with the board in accomplishing the mission of CAPS,” said Konrath-Fielding. “The prevention and advocacy work performed at CAPS is so important in protecting and supporting our children and families. I look forward to continuing the great work that is performed at CAPS.”

Under new leadership, CAPS will maintain its mission to reduce child abuse in Elkhart. The organization will continue to develop key partnerships across all communities with leaders, businesses, schools, churches, residents, neighbors and friends to ensure every child receives the opportunity for healthy growth and development.

A welcome and farewell open house for Konrath-Fielding and Yoder is scheduled for June 13, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at CAPS, 1000 W Hively Ave. in Elkhart. The event is open to the public.

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