OAK PARK HEIGHTS – HOPE Adoption & Family Services International, Inc. Executive Director Coleen Gregor announced Monday she will retire this fall after 25 years of service with HOPE
"My quarter century at HOPE has been profoundly rewarding and transformative," Gregor said, "I have been honored to work with remarkable colleagues and board members, engaged and generous donors, and the most phenomenal families, children and birth parents during a period of great transformation in the field of adoption services. I treasure the experiences and memories I carry with me."
"On behalf of current and previous HOPE board members and staff, I would like to thank Coleen for her passionate commitment to keeping HOPE’s mission alive and thriving during the last quarter century," said HOPE Board Chair, Angi Sommers. "I am confident the HOPE community will join me in extending best wishes to Coleen and continue to support our dedication to excellence and innovative service."
A professional in the child welfare and adoption community for more than 32 years, her passion for building a strong adoption community has resulted in collaborations between HOPE and Minnesota counties, the state of Wisconsin, The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Holt International Children’s Services, and numerous local, national, and international adoption service providers.
Valuable partnerships with supporters have been established including the Otto Bremer Foundation, St. Paul Foundation, St. Croix Valley Foundation, Margaret Rivers Fund, Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation, Lakeview Hospital Foundation and the Andersen Corporate Foundation.
"I have been honored to serve HOPE and the principle that every child needs and deserves to have a family of their own," Gregor said,
Gregor will leave behind a strong and vibrant organization with a dedicated and experienced staff guaranteed to ensure ongoing continuity of HOPE’s work. Gregor will remain connected to HOPE in a consulting role. She also will focus on her services to improve childhood nutrition through her organic vegetable gardening company, A Backyard Farm.