MCUM Welcomes Erin Predmore as New Executive Director
Erin Predmore took over as Executive Director when Meri Reinhold retired at the end of last month. We know supporters are eager to learn more about MCUM’s new leader, so she sat down with us to share some details about her background and approach to the position.
Erin graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies. She received a Masters of Education in Community Counseling and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Georgia. After completing her education, she worked in community services in Alabama, where she ran a program for mothers of children under five with serious mental health or substance abuse issues.
Following a move to Virginia, she provided intensive in-home counseling for teens, and worked in crisis assistance at a large community mental health agency. Prior to arriving in Indiana in August, she was Director of the Family Service Center in Springfield, Illinois. The center supports more than 100 children in foster care and offers afterschool programs for children from homeless and low-income families. As Director, Erin started a community counseling program, as well as a program to help children from birth to age five prepare for school.
Erin feels MCUM is a good fit for her because its mission is similar to those of the organizations she has previously worked with. “It is an established organization that is working well,” she said. “I’m excited to work at a place with such strong staff and potential.” Most of all, Erin is looking forward to meeting all of MCUM’s supporters. She is eager to get more involved with the community and to see how MCUM fits in.
“I really enjoy listening to people, identifying needs, and connecting those needs to people with a desire to fulfill them.”
Although she admits it can be a challenge to get to know the community on such a large scale, Erin will take an enthusiastic and practical approach in getting starting with this and other aspects of her position. “I plan to support the staff and the work they do,” she said.
“I want to see how we can remove barriers, look for collaboration opportunities, and explore innovative ideas.”
Erin and her husband, who works as Associate Director in the Office of Sustainability at Indiana University, are both from South Carolina, and moved to Bloomington to be closer to family. They have a daughter, 11, and two sons, 8 and 5, as well as a big dog. In her free time, Erin is a voracious reader, and also likes to renovate her home, backpack, hike, and cook.
Please join us in welcoming Erin. We look forward to watching her grow as Executive Director and seeing the impact she will have on MCUM and the broader community.