October 9, 2018—San Diego, CA
REALITY CHANGERS ANNOUNCES FOUNDER CHRISTOPHER YANOV WILL STEP DOWN AS ITS PRESIDENT; BOARD CHAIR KIMBERLEY BOEHM TO SERVE AS INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Reality Changers’ Board of Directors announced, today, that the non-profit’s Founder, Christopher Yanov, has decided to step down as the organization’s President.
Yanov created Reality Changers shortly after he finished his BA at UC San Diego. For the past eighteen years he has served as its Founder & President. In a letter to the board, Yanov stated that after more than twenty years of first creating and then leading the organization, he planned to take time to recharge. Though he will step away from being Reality Changers’ president, as the founder he will remain forever closely connected to its mission.
The CEO transition will be managed by the Reality Changers Board and its chair, Kimberley Phillips Boehm, will voluntarily serve as Interim Executive Director until a permanent CEO and President is appointed. The CEO search process is currently being finalized. Yanov enthusiastically supported the board’s decision to appoint Kimberley Phillips Boehm as the organization’s interim executive director. Before joining the board, Phillips Boehm held university faculty and administrative positions on both coasts of the United States and now serves as vice-president/president-elect of the UC San Diego’s Alumni Board of Directors.
The mission of Reality Changers is to transform lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates and leaders for positive change in their schools, communities, and families. Reality Changers’ theory of change is that if low-income, high-potential students are given the social and intellectual tools and support to envision a better future for themselves, then they will become more confident, capable, and motivated to apply, enroll, and succeed in college. Over the past eighteen years, Reality Changers has served thousands of students in San Diego and Orange counties. More than 2,000 graduates of its programs have earned over $140,000,000 in scholarships from all sources.
Read Chris and Kim’s letters at www.RealityChangers.org/Next-Chapter
Jacqueline Guan, Advancement Coordinator