ChildStrive board names Mary Cline-Stively as new CEO

ChildStrive is proud to announce Mary Cline-Stively as the agency’s new chief executive officer. Beginning her new role as of January 2, Cline-Stively spent the past four years working in close partnership with ChildStrive’s outgoing CEO, Jim Welsh, who accepted a position as executive director of a California based non-profit. “I cannot think of anyone better prepared or with more passion to lead the agency and support resiliency in our children, their families, and our communities,” Welsh wrote.

John Chambers, who chairs ChildStrive’s board of directors, said “We are incredibly lucky and couldn’t be more excited that Mary has agreed to step into the CEO role at ChildStrive.  Mary’s intimate knowledge of the organization and our programs, as well as the relationships she has built with our staff, stakeholders, and our board will allow her to hit the ground running.  Under Mary’s leadership, ChildStrive’s board and staff look forward to advancing our vision of a community where all children will be ready to succeed in school and in life!”

Cline-Stively joined ChildStrive in 2010, serving on the executive team as the organization’s chief strategy and program officer. During that time ChildStrive’s programs have increased their capacity, now serving more than 4,000 children annually across Snohomish County and North King County.

“I am honored and grateful to continue serving the ChildStrive community in my new role as Chief Executive Officer. I’m excited to partner with our talented staff as we embark on this next chapter of our journey, and continue to deepen our practice in working with families with young children,” said Cline-Stively. “ChildStrive is committed to working together with our current partners, as well as welcoming new connections, as we expand on our work to build a restorative, trauma-informed community.”

As a longtime leader in early intervention services locally and statewide, Cline-Stively most recently served on the task group to develop a plan for re-entry to in person services during the pandemic for early intervention programs across Washington State. She is the Early Learning representative on the Snohomish County Partnership to End Homelessness and was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families.

Prior to ChildStrive, Cline-Stively spent 5 years working as a consultant in organizational development, following 15 years working as a provider and manager in the field of mental health at non-profits throughout the region. She holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology as well as a Graduate Certificate in Restorative Practice and is a licensed trainer for the International Institute of Restorative Practice.

Download the official press release here: Press Release – ChildStrive announces new CEO

 “I am so excited to learn of Mary Cline-Stively’s appointment to the CEO position at Childstrive. Mary is an impeccable leader, listener, visionary, and grounded individual that is the right choice at this time for Childstrive. Her expertise and commitment to Restorative Practices and Trauma Informed care shape how she shows up as a person and leader in our community! These skills combined with her deep and demonstrated commitment to the mission of Childstrive leave a sense of excitement in these times about this organizational choice to begin a new year!!” 

Kathy Coffey

Executive Director of Leadership Snohomish County

“As a close community partner, Connect Casino Road is thrilled to continue working with ChildStrive under Mary’s leadership. Mary provides a restorative, empathetic, and community-minded leadership style that I know will resonate throughout our county. Thank you, Mary!”

Sara Boyle

Director of Connect Casino Road

Thank you!