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Ed Stansberry has been named Executive Director for the VAC – Voluntary Action Center, Diamond Scott, President of the Board of Directors announced today. Stansberry will fill the role that was opened by Nick Foster who will be retiring from VAC on December 31 after 9 years of service to the organization.

“We are excited for Ed to serve as our new Executive Director,” says Scott, “and look forward to VAC’s future under his leadership. His passion for service to our community and background as an entrepreneur are attributes that will allow for VAC to continue our legacy of being the heart of service in Boone County while remaining adaptable to the changing needs in our community.”

Stansberry will assume full-time duties on January 4th. He will jump in beginning Friday, December 4th
to work alongside Nick and the rest of the VAC staff with collection and distribution of its long standing Holiday Program.

He brings a new background to this position having been an entrepreneur, starting a paper distribution company with his brother in 1994 that he recently left to serve as the new Executive Director. “The move to VAC was a response to the knowledge that my faith was calling me to do something deeper and more meaningful,” says Stansberry.

Stansberry went on to share, “I am thrilled to have this opportunity! To continue the great tradition of VAC and to follow leaders like Cindy Mustard and Nick Foster is an honor. I look forward to getting involved with our clients, stakeholders, board members and staff as quickly as I can. The coming years offer enormous opportunities to serve those in need in Columbia and Boone County, and I’m excited to get to work with the stellar VAC staff. Thank you for allowing me to steward this organization forward.”

Stansberry is a Moberly native and relocated to Columbia in 1988 with his wife, Syd. He has strong roots with Broadway Christian Church having served as a board chair, co-chair of their vision committee and other roles within the church. He has two grown children, one grandchild and another one on the way.

“We look forward to serving alongside Ed in living our mission, to help bridge the gap between crisis and stability and improve quality of life for our neighbors in Boone County, says Scott.