April 15, 2016
Girls in the Game started this fiscal year without our long-time CEO, Amy Skeen, who transitioned out of her full-time role into a new role as President Emeritus. Since that time, Meghan Morgan, our Development Director has served as our Interim CEO.
We are thrilled to announce that the Board of Directors recently named Michelle Sperzel as our new CEO. Originally from Wisconsin, Michelle Sperzel is happy to be back in the Midwest. She moved to Chicago in August to be closer to family and started working with Girls in the Game in early March. With more than 17 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Michelle has lead several agencies through administrative and direct service program development. Michelle comes to Girls in the Game by way of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where she served as the Executive Director of Shelter House Domestic and Sexual Violence Center for the past seven years.
While at Shelter House, Michelle worked in rural and at-risk programs for women, children and men. She started numerous survivor-defined programs at Shelter House, including literacy, economic justice, youth and prevention, transitional housing, an on-site kennel at the emergency shelter and an on-site mental health program. In 2009, she and her staff were presented with the governor’s Promote Peace, Prevent Domestic Violence award for creating and implementing a model youth prevention program that addressed stereotypes, self-esteem and bullying. In Florida, Michelle also served on several local boards and was involved in numerous community projects that addressed family violence, homelessness and social justice. Her passion is for social change work that creates advocacy for issues related to violence against women and children.
Michelle is thrilled to join Girls in the Game as the staff and board embarks on its next three-year strategic plan. “It is a pivotal point in the history of the organization,” said Michelle. “We are certainly standing on the shoulders of our founders, who help demonstrate that all girls, regardless of their ability and socioeconomic status, have a right to sports, leadership and health education. We will continue our core mission and recruit more people to be game changers.” She is looking forward to getting more involved in her new hometown and helping Girls in the Game change even more lives.
Recognizing that this new direction requires us to expand our infrastructure, the Board of Directors named Meghan Morgan as the Chief Operating Officer of the organization. Meghan will work closely with the CEO, focusing on internal operations and strategy.
This past year was a year of transition for Girls in the Game and we have emerged stronger and more focused. We are proud of what we have accomplished and we recognize that our success is only possible through committed partners and supporters. Thank you!