Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership names new director

Monday , April 16, 2018 - 5:15 AM

OGDEN — The Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership has named Christine Ipsen as its new executive director.

A resident of Weber County for 27 years, Ipsen officially started her new job April 2, according to a news release from the agency. 

In the two weeks Ipsen has been there, those involved say she already has made a real difference in the environment at the non-profit agency.

“I know she’s going to be a great leader,” said Connie House, Head Start program manager at the agency. “She has the experience to lead our agency in a new direction.”

The non-profit has a mission to diminish the effects of poverty in Weber County through education, individualized support, advocacy and collaboration, according to the agency’s website.

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Ipsen, who has 20 years experience with Head Start in Davis County, also served for nine years on the board of trustees for the Layton Family Connection Center, now known as Open Doors, according to the news release.

House said Ipsen was chosen from a pool of 500 candidates for the position.

“It is fun that we have someone from our area,” House said. “She loves our programs and wants to bring them up to tiptop shape. She has already hit the ground running and I’ve already seen changes in our agency.”

Stephen Thompson, board chairman at the agency, said Ipsen set herself apart during the final interviews when candidates were asked to give a 10-minute presentation.

During that presentation, he said Ipsen explained the findings of her extensive research into the needs of the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership, Thompson said. She recommended work to improve the agency’s Circles program, he said.

Circles is a program designed to help people get out of poverty.

“Davis County has one of the top Circles programs in the nation,” Thompson said. “She was savvy enough to know that we wanted to take that program way beyond where we were going and presented a plan to do it.”

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Doing enough research for the interview process that she could identify an area of need was impressive, Thompson said.

“We were aware of it,” Thompson said. “We were waiting for the right person. She blew our socks off. She had done so much research into our specific problems.”

Ipsen convinced the entire group that she was the right person for the job because of her preparation, Thompson said.

“I have done a lot of interviews and I think she probably gave one of the best interviews I have ever seen,” he said.

Ipsen has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in human resources development from Weber State University, according to the news release.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at jfrancis@standard.net or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or on Facebook at Facebook.com/SEJaNaeFrancis.

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