At the Board of Directors Meeting on December 2, 2016, the CEO, Chris Hucker, gave his first report and recommendations. His report was followed by a resolution being passed by the Board to support the CEO proceeding with meetings, planning, and seeking partnerships, toward the establishment of a Rhinelander Host Home Program for homeless and at-risk youth. Chris is in the process of bringing organizations together who have active interests in helping homeless and at-risk youth in Rhinelander, with a view to create a Youth Network Initiative.
The Board of Directors appointed Chris Hucker as the President and Chief Executive Officer for The Lifeboat Foundation as of September 1st, 2016. Chris had been serving on the Board of Directors since incorporation in March 2015 and retired as pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Rhinelander, Wisconsin at the end of August 2016.
Chris had senior management experience prior to becoming a pastor while being employed in national companies in UK. Other than his fifteen years as an ordained pastor, Chris holds Master’s level degrees in Law, theology, a doctorate in ministry, and Fund Development Management and Leadership Certificate from University of Wisconsin, Superior, Center for Continuing Education 2015/2016.
In June of 2017 Chris resigned to move with his wife back to the UK. Merlin Van Buren Chairman of the Board of Directors has assumed the responsibilities of President and CEO.