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Cornerstone Children’s Learning Center selects KEES to begin Search for Executive Director

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Nonprofit and public sector executive search firm KEES has been retained to find the next Executive Director for Cornerstone Children’s Learning Center (CCLC), following the retirement of current Executive Director Lois Scott. This search is being managed by Heather Eddy, President and CEO, and Abby Johnson, Project Manager of KEES.

Organized as a ministry of LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, managed by Childtime, accredited by NAEYC, and serving the Near North neighborhood and the wider Chicago area, CCLC achieves its vision by providing the highest quality affordable education and care, by reaching out to a diverse community, and by partnering with and supporting families and teachers because they are called to be an expression of God’s kingdom in Cornerstone Center.

“KEES came highly recommended from colleagues within the Chicago area and has provided such a positive inspiration as we begin our upcoming leadership transition,” said Cornerstone Children’s Learning Center Board President Dale Branda. “We were looking for an organization that aligned with our interests and shared similar values. The KEES team took initiative to learn our priorities, needs, and requests. We look forward to partnering with KEES as we seek our next leader following the upcoming retirement of Lois Scott.”

KEES dedicates its time to recruiting leaders for nonprofit and public sector organizations across the country. KEES’ work helps ensure that missions are fulfilled, visions are achieved, leaders can succeed, and that clients are able to change the world through the meaningful missions they serve, especially in supporting high-quality education and care to all children, as with the missions of Cornerstone Children’s Learning Center.

“The KEES team is honored to have been selected to lead this important search,” said Heather Eddy, President and CEO of KEES. “It is an honor that a past candidate in another project (who was not selected) thought so highly of our process to refer us. We look forward to working with the Board to ensure the next Executive Director continues with the same purpose – that every child is lavished with love and acceptance at the Center as they grow in the social, emotional, and problem-solving skills that will give them a strong foundation.”

Further details regarding the Executive Director Opportunity will be available soon. Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be addressed directly to Abby Johnson at

About KEES

KEES (formerly Alford Executive Search) is a nonprofit executive search firm that builds diverse teams with dynamic leaders in the nonprofit and public entity sectors. A woman owned and operated firm, KEES offers a full array of nonprofit consulting services including executive search, leadership development, interim staffing, and HR support. For more information, please visit


Jamie Sheffler