LUK Crisis Center Inc.’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the arrival of the new Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hooks Wayman, on November 4, 2013. Rich is currently the Executive Director of Hearth Connection, an innovative, data-driven nonprofit dedicated to ending long-term homelessness in Minnesota. Administering a statewide network of supportive housing, Hearth Connection’s regional projects serve over 1,300 children, adults and youth each year to break the cycle of homelessness and achieve housing stability and health recovery.
Rich received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa, College of Law. He began his professional career in 1992 as staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis focusing on family law, youth rights and fair housing. In 2000, Rich became the Collaborative Director of a street outreach program for homeless youth. While at the StreetWorks Collaborative, Rich co-authored a national guide entitled StreetWorks: Best Practices and Standards in Outreach Methodology to Homeless Youth. In 2005 and 2006, Rich authored and organized a statewide grassroots legislative campaigns to enact the Minnesota Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. From 2006 to 2010, he served as the Senior Youth Policy Analyst with the National Alliance to End Homelessness in Washington, D.C., helping the Alliance to frame public policy initiatives to benefit homeless youth and youth transitioning from foster care. Rich and his partner have been foster/adoptive dads since 2003 and have adopted four children.
Ryan McGuane, President of LUK Board of Directors expressed excitement over Rich’s arrival, “We are very excited to have Richard on board. His experience and passion is going to be a huge asset to LUK and the entire community.”
LUK is a nonprofit multiservice agency serving youth and families with over 200 employees, 80 foster homes, 3 residential programs and offices in Fitchburg, Worcester, Webster and Lowell. In mid-November LUK will be celebrating their forty-third anniversary serving the communities of central Massachusetts.
LUK Inc.’s mission is to be dedicated to improving the lives of youth, individuals and families. “Building stronger communities, family by family.” For more information about LUK, Inc. visit their website at www.LUK.org, call (800) 579-000 or find them on Facebook.