Families in Crisis executive director Terrie Kirby informed the board last week of her intentions to resign as the head of the organization. Her final day is tentatively set for Oct. 31.
“My husband Trey is back home,” said Kirby. “My husband has served at war twice. Having him gone puts it all in perspective for me. I’m blessed. I’ve missed him so much. He’s home and it’s time for me to be home for awhile.”
Dr. Trey Kirby has been in Afghanistan for 90 days as part of the National Guard’s 684th Area Support Medical Company out of Ohio. The group is known as the “Med Dogs.” His first deployment was in 2003 during the invasion that toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Terrie Kirby took the reigns of Families in Crisis on Nov. 1, 2007 after the organization went through a crisis of its own. New board members were assigned to oversee activities and they hired her as executive director.
When she applied for the position, Kirby was looking for something to occupy her time.
“I started this when my son Christopher joined the Naval Academy so I would not cry,” she said. “Now, my 12-year-old is starting seventh grade. I just want to be a mom again and love on my babies.”
When it comes to FIC, the organization has become family.
“We are a close-knit family,” said Kirby. “We’ve worked hard together. We’ve laughed together. We’ve cried together. They cried when I told them I was leaving, but everyone understands that it’s time. I feel like I’ve accomplished all I can here. It’s time for me to step down and let some new blood come in.”
Kirby gave a lengthy time notice for her departure. She says she wanted to give the board plenty of time to find a replacement.
“I wanted to make sure everything is taken care of and give the board time to find a great new person to take my place before I leave. My last day is tentatively set for Oct. 31, which is five years from the date I started. If they find someone before then, I will leave sooner.”
Kirby says the FIC board was very supportive Wednesday night when she told them of her decision.
“Families in Crisis has a board of wonderful individuals. They were extremely supportive of my decision. It will be up to the board as to what process they take to find someone to replace me, but I’m sure they will take a look at the dynamics of the agency and find someone that’s a perfect fit.”
Farewell for now does not mean forever, says Kirby.
“I have a phenomenal staff, so I’m confident I’m leaving the organization in more than capable hands. After I’m done staying home and cooking and cleaning, I will come back and volunteer. I’ll resume my professional volunteer status. It is sad to leave, but when it’s time to go, it’s time.”