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La Posada Providencia Welcomes New Executive Director

La Posada Providencia is proud to welcome Andi Atkinson as the newest addition to their staff. Andi will fill the newly created position of Executive Director and will be responsible for overseeing La Posada’s administrative, programmatic, and strategic initiatives. 

Andi joins La Posada with more than 20 years of experience in the communications field, most recently as the public relations director at Marine Military Academy, in Harlingen. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism as well as a master’s degree in business.

Upon accepting the new position, Andi stated: “I am not only grateful, but eager for the opportunity to support La Posada’s mission and help empower the men, women and children who are trying to regain their lives in a new country.”
  
We are pleased to welcome Andi to La Posada,” said Rich Kirk, La Posada Board Chair. “Her enthusiastic commitment for La Posada’s ministry will enable us to garner greater community support and strengthen our resources so La Posada can continue the mission of welcoming the stranger. Given the current uncertainty facing immigrant children and their families, the mission and work of La Posada is needed as both a practical and hopeful response to this uncertainty."

La Posada, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Divine Providence, has offered emergency shelter services to immigrants and asylum seekers in the Rio Grande Valley for the past 29 years. During this time, a Sister of Divine Providence has served as the Program Director.
 
“This July marks my tenth year serving as Program Director and the beginning of a new chapter in La Posada’s history,” said Sister Zita Telkamp, CDP. “I welcome Andi and am excited to have her join La Posada’s staff as Executive Director and look forward to working with her.  With Andi’s expertise, leadership and commitment to welcoming the stranger, La Posada Providencia’s ministry and mission will be in good hands.”

When she is not working, Andi spends most of her time volunteering. She is a member of First United Methodist Church of La Feria and serves as district president of the United Methodist Women. She is married to Brad Shields, and has two daughters: 21-year-old Tesla and nine-year-old Teresa.

For more information, please contact:
Ana Schulz
Director of Development
La Posada Providencia
aschulz@lppshelter.com   

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