Diana Stanley, CEO of The Lord’s Place, to Retire March 28, 2024

After 17 remarkable years of dedication and visionary leadership, Diana Stanley, CEO of The Lord’s Place, has announced her retirement. Since joining the agency, Diana has been a driving force behind its growth and impact, leading us from humble beginnings to where we stand today.

When Diana first began her journey with us, The Lord’s Place operated on a $3M budget with fewer than 30 employees. Under her guidance, we have flourished into an organization with a $16M operating budget, employing 130 staff, operating 15 housing campuses, and providing services to close to 1,900 individuals annually on their journey out of homelessness.  

The Board of Directors, Executive Leadership Team, and staff are profoundly grateful for Diana’s extraordinary leadership, exemplary service to the community, and unwavering passion for making a difference in the lives of the poor and homeless.  

“My time at The Lord’s Place is one of the greatest highlights of my life.”, Diana remarked. “Being part of this agency has been an honor and a privilege. I am forever grateful for the support of this generous community, my visionary board of directors, and the compassionate staff. I look forward to my next chapter, which will involve spending more time with my family and loved ones in North Carolina. I will always have a special place in my heart for The Lord’s Place – especially for the clients who have touched me so profoundly.”  

Diana’s retirement is scheduled for December 2024, but she steadfastly announced she will remain until the perfect candidate is secured.  

A dedicated search committee, comprised of board members and former board members, has been formed to identify a national recruiting company and assist in the selection of our next CEO. The search committee is humbled to have the opportunity to serve, given Diana’s extraordinary impact in advancing the agency’s mission throughout her extensive tenure.  

Cornelia Thornburgh, board chair of The Lord’s Place, stated, “Over the last seven years in my role as The Lord’s Place Board Chair, I have been truly the proud beneficiary of the strongest partnership I have ever had with a non-profit executive. While we realize that Diana’s personal style will be impossible to emulate, we feel confident that the right individual is out there to continue inspiring our team, enriching our community, and, most importantly, serving those in need. Please be assured that there will be opportunities during the search process for community input in the process for choosing our new leader. We invite you to join us at the appropriate time.”

Please join us in congratulating Diana on her future retirement and expressing gratitude for her service to Palm Beach County.   

Thank you for your continued support of The Lord’s Place, and our mission to end the cycle of homelessness for men, women and children.

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