The Board of Directors of ESCAPE Family Resource Center has unanimously selected Fritz Guthrie as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Guthrie becomes the sixth leader of the organization since its inception in 1983.
“It is my honor that the board has selected me to follow in the footsteps of Lidya Osadchey who is retiring after having served as CEO for 17 years,” said Guthrie. “The organization is proud to serve children from birth -18 years and their parents by providing education and preventative techniques with evidence-based evaluation, professional training and community collaborations to assist all families so that children are not harmed by abuse or neglect.”
Guthrie comes to ESCAPE with a background in development, marketing and public relations, most recently having served as the Director of Communications Services for the Houston Community College District that serves 100,000 students in a 631 square mile area surrounding Houston.
Prior to that, Guthrie was the Vice President of Marketing and Community Service at St. Joseph Medical Center. She has been recognized for board leadership and management of development efforts for organizations such as the Greater Houston YMCA, March of Dimes and the American Heart Association.
“We are very pleased to have Fritz on board to lead the mission of ESCAPE into the future,” said Marc Schwartz, chairman of the board. “Her qualifications, energy and passion made her our candidate of choice. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship as we grow ESCAPE’s outreach into the community and public and private support of our programming efforts.”
Less than a year ago, ESCAPE relocated to a two-story facility at 2410 Hamilton Street, providing space for additional programming to meet the needs of even more families. Guthrie has been tasked with not only leading the staff and volunteers forward, but also with finalizing the $5M Capital Campaign so that services and programs can be expanded to the second floor of the facility.
“We are very proud of our collaborations around the city and will continue to partner with organizations to provide services throughout the region,” said Guthrie. “Having the second floor of our facility finished out will allow us room for additional programs and better space to provide educational offerings to not only our clients, but to other organizations as well.”