William R. Isemann, who has served as president and CEO of KidsPeace for the past decade and has been with the organization for 12 years, announced he plans to retire in 2019.
KidsPeace, a 135-year-old organization headquartered in Schnecksville, provides residential treatment, hospitalization, foster care and other services for youth at risk in seven states and employs 1,300 people in the Greater Lehigh Valley. It has begun the process of finding Isemann’s successor.
During his tenure, Isemann said, the organization has had good and bad times, and he’s proud of the work he has accomplished over the past decade.
“I’m proud of our ongoing ability to service children and families, not just here in the Lehigh Valley but in seven states,” Isemann said.
He noted that despite the financial challenges an organization such as KidsPeace faces, it continues to grow. He noted it just added another 20 beds to a treatment facility it runs in Georgia.
Isemann said he intends to be part of the search for his replacement.
“I really want to turn the leadership of KidsPeace over to someone who can lead it and grow it and continue to operate,” he said.