Potential Development Promotes Jenkins, Hires McBee

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Potential Development School for Students with Autism this week announce two personnel changes. Christine Jenkins was promoted to chief growth officer from director of development and community relations, a position she has held since March 2021.

Katelynn McBee also joined the staff as development coordinator.

In her new role, Jenkins is responsible for managing all aspects of the development program to increase revenue, maximize potential and reach designated organizational funding goals. She will provide leadership in capital campaigns, special events and grant writing, and by cultivating and enhancing relationships among the community.

Before joining Potential Development, Jenkins was the program coordinator at the Youngstown Foundation, a position she held from 2011 to 2021, and oversaw the Hine Memorial Fund. From 1996 to 2011, she was the director of development for the Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center.

Jenkins is a committee member for the William Swanston Charitable Foundation of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley; a committee member for the Healthy Community Partnership; and a member of the Literary Society of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County.

She is a graduate of Ursuline High School and earned B.S. in communications from Ohio University. Jenkins resides in Canfield with her husband Richard. They are the parents of two adult children.

McBee will assist the communication, narketing, events and development department with special projects and research. She most recently was a development intern at Stambaugh Auditorium, and served as volunteer coordinator.

McBee graduated from Youngstown State University in May with a B.S.B.A in nonprofit leadership. She is a 2019 graduate of South Range High School and resides in Canfield.

CEO Paul Garchar said, “Our presence in the community has expanded to offer an increased array of services to families. The promotion of Crissi Jenkins and addition of Katelynn McBee further strengthens our development efforts now and moving into the future. I’m delighted to welcome Katelynn to the PD family, and look forward to working with Crissi in her expanded role.”

Potential Development is a Pre-K through 12th grade school for children with autism. It provides children with autism a safe, structured educational environment with supportive services that give students the necessary skills and independence to lead a productive life.

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