Fran Becker, executive director of Carpenters Shelter for the past 12 years, recently announced her retirement, effective July 2.
I started this job in 1998 on an interim basis which was supposed to last for only six months, Becker said.
Under Beckers leadership, Carpenters has grown from an entity that housed homeless individuals and families to a comprehensive homeless program that prevents homelessness and provides homeless people with long-term services and options. Among its many services, it teaches positive ways of living to clients aimed at preventing repeated episodes of homelessness.
Since 1998, Carpenters Shelter has thrived under Frans leadership, said Board Chairman Matt Sheldon. She is rare in her ability to bring vision, compassion and high expectations of others together while executing efficient and effective business decisions.
The Board is implementing a succession plan weve had in place for a long time, Becker said. I commute everyday from Annapolis. And, with my daughter graduating from college this June, I feel it is time to enjoy the morning and not have to fight that long commute. I havent really given any thought of what to do next, she said.
The Board has contracted The McCormick Group to assist in the search for a new executive director. It is expected that person will be on board no later than June, according to the announcement of Beckers retirement.