March 3, 2015, Missoula, Montana

Mike Boehm, the former president and CEO of Family & Children’s Center of Wisconsin and Minnesota, joins Watson Children’s Shelter as its new executive director. Boehm has dedicated his 20-year career to serving children and families in need and led his former organization in child abuse prevention programming, counseling, community outreach and fundraising.

“We are incredibly fortunate to have found a dedicated and proven leader who will help us maintain our excellence and take our organization to the next level,” said Sydney Carlino, Watson Children’s Shelter board chair.

Boehm started his nonprofit career with Family & Children’s Center, based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, as a program aide for children at risk while pursuing a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Throughout the next 20 years, he continued to work for the center as a case manager, associate director of program services, chief program officer and, ultimately, the organization’s CEO from 2012 through 2014.

As CEO Boehm led the center’s eight facilities with 300 dedicated staff across six counties in Wisconsin and Minnesota and managed a $13 million annual operating budget. He also spearheaded its strategic planning, community relations and fundraising — increasing donor retention by 30 percent and doubling the organization’s endowment to $4.5 million. In 2013, the center culminated a seven-year capital campaign that raised $7.5 million, exceeding its goal by $300,000.

Beohm has also served on the boards of the Minnesota Counsel on Child Caring Agencies and the Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies.

“Watson is an exceptional organization and recognized leader,” Boehm said upon receiving the Watson appointment. “It’s obvious that the board, staff and entire community care strongly about providing a safe and nurturing place for abused and neglected kids. I look forward to joining the community and helping advance this mission.”

In addition to his extensive leadership experience, as Watson’s executive director Boehm will bring his deep knowledge of first-crisis family and children intervention and client-centered care — programs he also developed in his previous work with the Midwest center.

“We are very excited for Mike to join our staff,” said Deboruah Madonna, Watson’s program director who has worked at the shelter for 25 years. “We look forward to leveraging his experience to make what we do even better.”

Boehm will officially start at Watson the week of April 27.