On July 18, Growing Home’s Board of Directors appointed Anita Deshommes Interim CEO, replacing outgoing President and CEO Teva Sienicki, whose last day will be August 1.
Anita joined Growing Home in 2001, as the organization’s second employee. A graduate of Metro State (with a Bachelors in Social Work), and holding an MBA from Colorado State University, Anita served in the Peace Corps in Haiti, followed by a position as a case manager at another nonprofit. Since coming to Growing Home, Anita has served as a Family Support Specialist and, most recently, as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial officer since 2007.
In addition to her work at Growing Home, Anita serves on the Board of ECPAC (Early Childhood Programs of Adams County), was a volunteer with Colorado Haiti Project, and served as a Girl
Scout leader and community volunteer to her two teenage children.
She and her family live in Boulder, where Anita is an avid participant in all things outdoors, including downhill and back-country skiing, climbing, biking, and canyoneering.
Said Teva, “Anita has been my right hand woman for 16 years and is absolutely the right person to lead Growing Home through this time of transition and keep our positive momentum. She is 100% committed to our mission and the community we serve.”
Board Chair Keith Smith said, “Anita is the perfect choice to lead Growing Home during this time of transition. She enjoys the respect and affection of both staff and board and will
capably continue the organization’s progress.”
Anita is equally excited about the opportunity to continue growing in her role at Growing Home. “I am enthusiastic about continuing my work with staff, volunteers, and Board to have more impact. I grew up close to Growing Home, and I am honored to be able to continue giving back to my community.”