Scott Hanauer, chief executive of Community Youth Services, will retire later this year because of cancer-related health problems, the nonprofit organization has announced.
Hanauer has worked at CYS for more than 14 years, including as CEO since 2015, after former CEO Charles Shelan retired.
Hanauer has been dealing with cancer-related health challenges for two-and-a-half years, according to a news release.
“It is time that I spend much more time taking good care of myself and be able to spend more time with my family,” he said in a statement. “It is my hope that I will get back to riding my bike hundreds of miles a month, skiing down big mountains and glaciers, and traveling with my family.”
Before he replaced Shelan as CEO, Hanauer was the clinical director at CYS for 11 years, helping the therapeutic foster care program and leading the organization to become a licensed mental health agency.
Before coming to Olympia, he worked in foster care and residential treatment programs at Children’s Home Society of Washington in Seattle.
The CYS board of directors has formed a search committee and will work with Hagel Executive Search, a Puyallup-based firm that specializes in nonprofit CEO searches. Hanauer will remain CEO until a new person is hired.
“I love my work,” Hanauer said. “Most of all I have appreciated the relationships I have been fortunate to develop within the community on many levels. It is these relationships I will miss the most.”