Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mary Lou Makepeace announced as Inside/Out Youth Services interim executive director

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 9:28 AM

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Inside/Out Youth Services, our local LGBTQ youth center, announced Tuesday that Mary Lou Makepeace will soon become interim executive director of the organization.

Makepeace, who served on the Colorado Springs Planning Commission, City Council and, most notably, as mayor of Colorado Springs from 1997-2003, has historically been a steadfast ally to the LGBTQ community. In addition to championing local LGBTQ causes, she has also served as executive director of the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.

She will begin her duties as Inside/Out’s executive director in mid-September while she helps the board search for someone to fill that position permanently.

We reached out to Inside/Out's current executive director, Mary Malia, for comment, but have yet to hear back. We will update this space when and if we do.

See the full letter from Inside/Out Youth Services Board President Margo Chandler below:

The Inside Out Youth Services Board of Directors is extremely excited to announce that Mary Lou Makepeace has accepted the position of interim Executive Director of the organization.

Mary Lou brings a depth of experience to the position that will support the mission of Inside Out while continuing outreach to the Colorado Springs community and assisting the Board in the search for a permanent Executive Director. The Board is thrilled to have Mary Lou joining the Inside Out family in mid-September and we look forward to the continued success of Inside Out.

Mary Lou Makepeace, Colorado Springs' first female mayor, completed two full terms and was responsible for several equality measures including domestic-partner benefits under her leadership. Prior to becoming mayor, she was the Executive Director of the adolescent child placement agency STAY, and after leaving office, became the Executive Director of The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, where she was responsible for awarding over $2 million annually to nonprofit organizations across Colorado. Mary Lou attended the Harvard University Program for State & Local Government, earned a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs (UCCS), and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of North Dakota. She was inducted to the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame in 2009.

The Board of Directors is also pleased to announce the promotion of Maegan Brundage to the position of Youth Health Educator and Program Manager. Maegan joined Inside Out as a youth facilitator and volunteer in 2014, and was hired in May 2017 as a part-time Youth Health Educator and Program Coordinator. She has been an integral part of the organization's growth, the development of programs, and the overall reach within the community. We are excited that she's joining Inside Out in a full-time capacity to further expand our reach and mission within the community.

Maegan Brundage worked in child welfare at the Pikes Peak Region and Cleveland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for six years. In her position with the Pikes Peak Region CASA, Maegan spearheaded the Human Rights Campaign's All Children - All Families initiative, which created a welcoming and affirming space for LGBTIQ youth, volunteers, and staff. She also attended the 2017 National CASA Conference, where she advocated for, and presented on, how to best serve LGBTIQ youth in the child welfare system. Maegan received both her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from The University of Oklahoma. She lives in Colorado Springs with her Siamese cat and miniature Aussie puppy. When not focused on youth initiatives, she enjoys hiking, photography, exploring new places, and writing her blog.

Margo Chandler
Inside Out Youth Services
Board President

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