Maryhurst promotes dedicated employees to C-suite positions

By Quin Welch, Building Kentucky

Maryhurst appointed two longtime employees to key executive leadership positions with the promotions of Lisa Purdy to Chief Operating Officer and Micah Jorrisch to Chief Community Officer.

“We are thankful to have Lisa and Micah on the team every day at Maryhurst,” said Paula Garner, Maryhurst CEO. “Both have proven to be committed, passionate members of our team in their various other roles within our organization, and we know they will continue to do transformational work on behalf of Kentucky’s children and families.”

Purdy brings more than a decade of experience in child welfare and behavioral health to the team. As Maryhurst COO, Purdy will focus her efforts on ensuring quality care for Maryhurst’s children and families and managing the organization’s performance and training program.

Lisa Purdy was promoted to COO at Maryhurst.

Outside of Maryhurst, Purdy serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisville’s Kent School, where she earned her master’s degree (and is pursuing a PhD) in social work. Much of her academic research focuses on child welfare workforce development. Purdy is a graduate of Leadership Louisville Center’s signature program and was recently named to Louisville Business First’s Forty Under 40 list.

“I couldn’t be happier to move into this new role at Maryhurst,” Purdy said. “Operations, program impact and staff training are all such important parts of our mission. I’m excited to bring collaboration to those areas and continue Maryhurst’s commitment to preventing abuse, restoring hope and ensuring the best care is given to the children and families we serve.”

Before taking on his new role as Chief Community Officer at Maryhurst, Jorrisch has worked on behalf of Kentucky’s children and families for 10 years. He holds leadership roles with organizations like the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, The Children’s Alliance of Kentucky, Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council and Jewish Family and Career Services. As CCO, Jorrisch will lead the strategic direction for fundraising, volunteerism, government relations, strategic planning and communications for an organization that has 350 staff and a growing continuum of care.

Micah Jorrisch was promoted to CCO at Maryhurst.

“Maryhurst does critical work for children and families across the state every single day,” Jorrisch said. “And while more funding, resources and attention has been given to behavioral health in recent years, there is still so much more to be done. I’m excited to be a part of this incredible agency’s path forward and advancing behavioral and mental health for all in the Commonwealth.”

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