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Jeff Roeser, new president of the North Oakland SCAMP Funding Corporation, said the board has been working hard to find a new executive director to replace Donna Clancy when she retires August 18. Photo by Andrea Beaudoin (click for larger version)
March 12, 2014 - Clarkston dentist Jeff Roeser, new SCAMP board president, is optimistic about his first big job leading the search for a new executive director when Donna Clancy retires in August.

North Oakland SCAMP Funding Corporation, the name of the board overseeing SCAMP, has created a list of qualifications for the new executive director.

With an annual operating budget of about $300,000, each summer the non-profit organization welcomes over about 225 kids with developmental disabilities for five weeks of day camp.

Throughout the year, SCAMP organizes many community-wide events to raise money. From their "Walk and Roll" to the largest fundraising event, "The Home Tour" to an annual golf outing, the new executive director can expect a busy schedule.

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Roeser, who took the reins as president in January, said it will be a challenge to replace Clancy.

"She has been with us so long and done such an excellent job," he said. "She is such a unique person, and finding someone to replace her will be difficult process."

Roeser said Clancy is such a great person and good for SCAMP because she relates well to the kids and the community, adding she knows everyone in town.

As for skills and personal characteristics the board is looking for to replace Clancy, Roeser laughed it would be nice if they could just clone Donna. "She has been an outstanding force for SCAMP," he said.

"We need someone with experience in fundraising, public relations, social work with children and similar experience with the type of work SCAMP does," he said. "Anyone we hire has to have a passion for SCAMP. We want to hire the right person to continue the great work that Donna has done."

So far the board has received about 20 resumes for the position, but they expect many more after advertising the position in The Clarkston News.

Roeser said the board expects to have someone hired by May by the time the Home Tour kicks off so that Clancy can show the new director the ropes of the job.

He added that the board does not want to rush the process to find the perfect fit for executive director, so as soon as Clancy announced her retirement the board got busy on the search.

The search committee includes several people from local businesses and organizations as well as Kathy Christopher, Director of Student Support Services for Clarkston Community Schools. "SCAMP has a really unique relationship with CCS so it was important to have a school liaison on the committee," Roeser said.

Roeser said the entire board wants to thank Doug Scott of Movement, a headhunting firm in downtown Clarkston for helping with the search.

Scott volunteered his consulting services and gave ideas on how to proceed with the job search. Scott also helped create an advertisement to search for the new director.

Roeser, said it's people like Scott donating their time, services and money that help make SCAMP such a success.

Echoing Clancy's thoughts in her story in the last edition of CNews, Roeser thanked the community for continued support from sponsoring "Scamperships" and paying for a child to attend, to other types of donations or volunteer work provided by residents and businesses.

Roeser and his wife Heather, who also serves as Chair for the Home Tour, are involved in many community organizations in addition to SCAMP. "We are very active in the community including working with the Lighthouse."

Before claiming the role of president, Roeser served on the board of SCAMP for about 10 years in a variety of positions. When it was time for a new president he was ready to take the job.

Roeser first became interested in SCAMP when he noticed the positive impact it has had on the community.

Clancy's last day will be August 18th.

For more information and a list of qualifications for the new executive director position see the advertisement in this weeks Clarkston news or call 248.623.8084. Email resume to scampexdir2014@yahoo.com . For more information on SCAMP visit www.clarkstonscamp.com.

Staff writer covering Independence Township and Clarkston area.
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