The nonprofit organization Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) announced this week that it will undergo some leadership changes in February, when a new CEO will be coming in, as current Executive Director Mary Perdue slides into the position of Chief Development Officer. 

Elizabeth Andrade, the current Chief Operations Director for the homeless services organization Mercy House, will assume the role of CEO for FAM beginning on Feb. 10. Prior to her time at Mercy House, she worked with other organizations, including The United Way, Family Solutions Collaborative, Families Forward, and Crystal Cathedral Ministry, according to FAM.

Andrade, who lives in Orange County with her husband and two sons, graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a B.A. degree in Sociology , in 2009.

Purdue, FAM’s current chief executive, will soon be taking on her new role, putting her in charge of leading FAM’s work on business development, fundraising, and community relations, while also working closely with Andrade.

“The FAM Board would like to recognize Mary for her impact during her time as Executive Director,” the organization said in a press release. “Under Mary’s leadership, FAM has grown and strengthened significantly and has seen client services grow exponentially.”

“We are excited about the future for FAM with our new leadership team,” the release continued. “Our ability to fulfill our mission of ‘bridging the gap between dependency and self-sufficiency’ and providing counseling, food, shelter, and career planning support for those in need, has never been greater.”

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