Starting in June, Helping Services for Northeast Iowa will be led by a new executive director. After 29 years guiding the nonprofit’s mission, David Runyon has announced his retirement. Runyon says, “My work on the agency’s mission did not begin at my ‘start date’ and will not end with my retirement in June…Starting in high school, I wanted to make a difference, and I looked for opportunities to do so. Joining Helping Services’ mission of serving children and families felt like a good and natural fit…I have gained much over these 30 years and have appreciated the opportunity to give back to others.”
His successor, Carson Eggland, has been hired and will begin serving on June 15.“I look forward to continuing the tradition that Dave Runyon has shaped during his many years of service at Helping Services as he transitions into a well-deserved retirement this summer,” shares Eggland.
All who know Runyon or Eggland, or who share in the passion of promoting the health and well-being of children and adults, are invited to an open house on June 18. The agency’s staff and board of directors will host the event to thank Runyon for his service and to welcome Eggland to the team. The joint celebration honors each of their commitments to ensuring the domestic abuse, family support, substance abuse prevention, and youth mentoring programs are beneficial and have long-lasting futures.
The event will run from 4–8 p.m. at T-Bock’s Bar & Grill in Decorah in the upper room. Contact Helping Services with questions by calling 563-387-1720.
In addition to stopping by the event, the public is encouraged to read Runyon’s reflective note on his time at the agency. Eggland has also published a piece to introduce himself and share how his passions and experience align with the local mission. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Runyon or Eggland, send a check made out to Helping Services to P.O. Box 372, Decorah, IA 5210 or donate securely online. An opportunity to give will be available at the open house.