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Darcey Palmer-Shultz has been named the new CEO at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, the not-for-profit announced Tuesday.

Palmer-Shultz has been serving as interim leader since past CEO Tonja Eagan resigned on short notice in August.

Palmer-Shultz joined the local affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2006 as a marketing and events coordinator. She became director of strategic visioning in 2008.

"Darcey's strengths lie in her knowledge of the agency's programs, her ability to positively motivate staff toward achieving agency goals and the respect she has gained from both the staff and our funding sources,” board President Doug Dell said in a prepared statement.  “Through her tenure with the agency, Darcey has demonstrated the leadership skills, intellect, passion and drive to continue the agency’s growth in serving central Indiana’s children with professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships.”

Palmer-Shultz, who has also volunteered as a Big Sister, said the CEO role is her "dream job."

“I’m honored and excited to have been selected for this opportunity,” she said in a prepared statement. “It’s not every day that someone offers you your dream job, and I’m certainly not taking it for granted."

Palmer-Schultz will oversee a $2.4 million budget and about 30 staff members. Big Brothers Big Sisters arranges one-on-one mentoring for youth, and the local organization supports 1,225 mentor relationships in Marion, Hamilton and Johnson counties.

Eagan was paid $121,355 a year; her successor's salary was not immediately available.

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    This is really not a lot of money for someone with this type of responsibility. It takes a certain talent and experience to lead such an organization. Many people in these positions could make much more in the private sector. Thankfully, there are people who are willing to share their talents for less.

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