The CAPS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Rebecca Shetler Fast has been appointed as the next Chief Executive Officer of CAPS (Child and Parent Services), effective September 12, 2022. Rebecca was selected after an extensive search in partnership with Kittleman & Associates, an executive recruiting firm specializing in CEO searches for nonprofit organizations.
Throughout her career, Rebecca has been passionate about ensuring the safety and well-being of children and families. In her current position as Director of Elkhart County’s System of Care, The SOURCE at Oaklawn, she has collaborated with the CAPS team on initiatives including training a new group of frontline child abuse reporters and partnering with CAPS to develop the first-in-the-nation Monique Burr Foundation Pre-Kindergarten child safety curriculum.
Among Rebecca’s many accomplishments during her tenure at the SOURCE, she developed Indiana’s first child safety & wellbeing dashboard and led a collaborative network of over 65 nonprofit, government, business, and faith organizations in Elkhart County focusing on children’s mental health and wellbeing.
Prior to joining the SOURCE at Oaklawn, Rebecca was the country director in Haiti for Mennonite Central Committee, an international development organization with focused programming in Haiti on disaster response, agroforestry, education, maternal & child health, responses to sexual and gender-based violence, and mental health needs. She also partnered in the implementation of Haiti’s first evidence-based PTSD treatment program for children and adults. Prior to moving into leadership roles, Rebecca worked as a clinical social worker, specializing in trauma and PTSD treatment.
Rebecca and her husband Paul, and children Madeline and Gideon live in Goshen, Indiana. She is active in community engagement including partnering in leadership in a countywide community Kindergarten readiness initiative, chairing Elkhart County’s Community Disaster Response organization, and supporting her church’s safe church work.
Rebecca responded, “I have appreciated many opportunities to collaborate and connect with the incredible CAPS team while at the SOURCE at Oaklawn. I am excited, honored, and ready to serve CAPS as the next CEO.”