On Friday, the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV) named David Chayer its new Executive Director.
“It’s a great win for our community and the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence that we were able to hire someone with as much experience and passion as David Chayer,” said CASFV Board President Debbie Hamlyn. “We know that his leadership and experience will help CASFV to continue to provide hope and assistance to families in need.”
Chayer has over 19 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience including over 14 years with the American Red Cross in multiple senior leadership positions across the country.
Most recently he served as the Executive Director for the El Paso and Southern New Mexico Chapter. He has also held positions as Regional Chief Operating Officer in Dallas, Regional Chief Executive Officer in Tallahassee, Florida, Senior Director of Chapter Operations at the Red Cross National Headquarters, and Executive Director in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Chayer began his Red Cross career as the State Director of Government and External Relations in Illinois. In 2006, he was selected to serve on the Red Cross Presidential Advisory Council, providing chapter insight and policy recommendations to the President and CEO of the American Red Cross.
In addition to his time with the American Red Cross, Chayer has also served as the Executive Director for The ALS Association Texas Chapter where he led statewide efforts in the battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Chayer succeeds Stephanie Karr, who is retiring as CASFV’s Executive Director at the end of the year. Karr has been Executive Director since 2008. Karr spent more than a decade helping thousands of families in crisis, raising tens of thousands of dollars to support CASFV’s work.
“David is more than qualified to take the reigns for CASFV in 2019 and beyond,” Karr said. “I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done and I’m proud of the fact that CASFV’s board of directors was able to recruit such a strong candidate to fill the position.”
Before joining the nonprofit world, Chayer worked for six years in state and local government in Illinois, including positions with the Office of the Lt. Governor, and the Illinois General Assembly. In 2000, Chayer was elected to the Divernon Village Board. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor at Blackburn College where he taught state and local government.
“I have a deep appreciation for the work that CASFV does, not only providing assistance, but also hope, to families in the El Paso region,” said David Chayer. “I look forward to serving as Executive Director on behalf of the CASFV board and picking up where Stephanie left off to help continue the hard work being done for families in crisis.”
Originally from St. Anne, Illinois, Chayer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Blackburn College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
He has one daughter, Katelyn, and two grandsons, Wesley and Owen.