Family agency leader retires after 13 years |

Family agency leader retires after 13 years

Tahoe Youth & Family Services Executive Director Teri Mundt is leaving the agency after 13 years.

“I’ll miss the staff but I really feel good about the people I’m leaving here,” Mundt said. “I really enjoy working with a creative staff and seeing so many kids get the help they need.”

Tahoe Youth & Family Services is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization which provides counseling, treatment and care to at-risk children and teens.

Mundt will be replaced by Nichole Loftis, who began work at the agency in September as an administrative assistant.

“My big responsibility here is we’re looking for a new facility,” said Loftis, who started a nonprofit agency in Tennessee. “We’ll be starting a capital campaign. I just hope to keep things moving forward as they are. I’m not looking to make any big changes in our agency. If it works, you don’t want to change it.”

Mundt, 56, and her husband, Randy, have been South Shore residents since 1971 and have no plans to leave the area.

“A friend and I are working on opening a business, Sierra Mediation Services,” said Mundt, who helped start the Children and Families Network of El Dorado County. “We’ll be doing workplace mediation and training for businesses, consulting for businesses, nonprofit and profit.”

Loftis, 30, has worked for Planned Parenthood and in other social service positions for more than 10 years and owned her own business in Tennessee.

“My husband Woody is a soil scientist with the Department of Agriculture,” she said. “His job is pretty much a direct result of the presidential summit that was held here. He’s working on the lake clarity issue too, so that’s why I moved here.”

Mundt said her main focus over the years has been building a quality staff.

“What I focused on when I started and what I focused on until the end was developing a really professional staff,” she said. “The one person who has been with me the whole time is Cindi Swalm. She’s been a real anchor for the agency and for me. She developed the drug and alcohol program and I developed the general counseling program.”

Swalm, Cathy Angie and Kathy Klover will work closely with Loftis as the agency’s team of supervisors.

The mother of 5-year-old Liam, Loftis said the desire to help children and bring about change for families is a major incentive for her.

“I have a 5-year-old so that’s a big motivator in wanting to have a community that takes care of its children,” she said. “I want my child to grow up in a good community.”

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