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March 21, 2017

Message from Hugh D. Babowal, Chair of the Board


March 21, 2017—The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of an executive team of two individuals to serve as Interim Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chief Financial Officer for Clarke.

Doug Scott, Interim CEO, is a senior executive with extensive strategic and leadership expertise in both the private and nonprofit sector in the US and abroad. He has worked as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the John Templeton Foundation and has served on the Board of the Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia. Doug received his undergraduate degree and MBA from Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Valerie Martin, Interim CFO, is a senior operations and financial executive with wide ranging experience in the philanthropic, public accounting and governmental sectors. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and committees including the Foundation Financial Officers Group, Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia, and the Brandywine Health Foundation. She received her undergraduate Accounting degree from the University of Delaware and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Doug and Valerie are experienced in working as a team to provide customized support for non-profits, foundations, and startups. The Board is confident that their combination of skills and expertise will serve Clarke well at this time.

The Board of Trustees is extremely grateful to all our professionals across the organization for their skilled and diligent work each day. Clarke is providing vital services to more children and families than ever before, and that is a direct result of the commitment of our staff, trustees and supporters to Clarke's mission to teach children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. As a Clarke alumni parent, I understand firsthand the importance of this mission, and am personally grateful for difference Clarke has made in the life of my family. I look forward to working with Doug, Valerie and the entire Clarke team as we move forward together to advance our mission in Clarke's 150th year.

Thank you for being an important part of the Clarke community.

Hugh D. Babowal
Chair of the Board