FamilyMeans board of directors announced that Jim Kroening is named the new President of FamilyMeans. Kroening is replaced Arba-Della Beck, who started in 1996 and announced her retirement in January. He will be the fifth president since the agency was founded in 1963. 

Kroening has been with FamilyMeans since 1992 and is currently the Director of Operations and Financial Solutions. He started his career in banking before transitioning to FamilyMeans and eventually overseeing agency operations including risk management, information technology, and facility management. Kroening has been an active member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), serving recently on its council for member affairs, and he assisted the NFCC by testifying before the United States Senate in 2004. Under his leadership, the Financial Solutions program was recognized and honored for having the NFCC Client of the Year in 2009 and the NFCC Counselor of the Year in 2019.

“After a national search, we are proud that Jim Kroening has accepted the role of president,” said Brian Gunderson, Board Chair who oversaw the search. “Jim has a commitment to the agency, the community, and to the people seeking our programs. We are excited about the direction he and the talented management team will bring to FamilyMeans.”

“I am humbled and honored to have been chosen to lead FamilyMeans as the next president,” said Kroening. “I am tremendously energized to lead an organization with such a strong, established leadership team and a track record of success. Though the current times are difficult and challenging, I am excited to continue to work with the FamilyMeans board, funders and colleagues to provide client-centered, evidence-based programming to impact clients and the communities we serve.”

— From press release

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