WICHITA -- The board of directors of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. named Daniel Soliday as the new president and CEO for the statewide organization Monday.
Soliday, who grew up in Neodesha, Kan., has more than 15 years of experience serving youth as both a pastor and as director of non-profit organizations across the nation. For the past year, he served as a consultant for Strategic Applications International, which works with not-for-profit and government clients in strategic planning, development and government relations. In 2009, he completed a four-year commitment as president and CEO of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc., a Kansas City, Mo.-based partnership of Nazarene congregations and faith-based non-profits around the world that address issues of youth development, community development and HIV/AIDS.
Soliday, who has a master’s degree in divinity from the Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City and an MBA from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, also was executive director for the Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene and executive director for Friendship Community, Inc., a community development corporation, based in Ft. Worth.
Soliday, who currently lives in Kansas City, Mo., will start August 2.
“We believe Dan’s experience leading and managing non-profit organizations, his commitment to children’s causes and his proven ability to organize and engage community members have prepared him to be a great leader for our statewide organization,” said Steve Feilmeier, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters board member and member of the CEO search committee. Other search committee members were Jody Horner, President, Cargill Meat Solutions; Ron Holt, Assistant County Manager, Sedgwick County; and Phil Neff, community volunteer.
“I look forward to working with all of the Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across Kansas.” Soliday said. “This organization has an outstanding reputation nationwide for providing services that improve the lives of children. I am thrilled to begin work with so many caring and dedicated staff members and volunteers.”
Soliday replaces Dawn DeArmond who was named CEO in 2005. In January, DeArmond announced her plans to step away from the leadership role within the year. DeArmond began her career with the non-profit in 1989.
“We are so grateful for Dawn’s life-long commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Her passion to help at-risk children has changed thousands of lives forever. She has been instrumental in helping the agency grow and thrive over the past five years as its CEO and she plans to continue volunteering and supporting the agency in the future,” said Bill Hanna, Chairman, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc. is a statewide non-profit organization with the mission to help boys and girls, most of whom are considered at risk and live in single parent homes, achieve their full potential through long-term personal relationships with carefully screened and caring volunteers. Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters was formed in 2002 as a way to provide support for the more than 30 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies all across the state. For more information on Kansas Big Brothers Big sisters visit www.kansasbigs.org or call 888-KS4-BIGS (574-2447)