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A-SPAN Appoints President & CEO


November 12, 2020

The Board of Directors of A-SPAN, a nonprofit organization that provides life-saving supportive services for vulnerable people, has announced the appointment of Betsy Frantz to the position of President/CEO on a permanent basis. Frantz has served as interim CEO since February 1, 2020, following Kathy Sibert’s retirement after 11 years at the organization.

“Betsy has provided stability and support to A-SPAN’s staff, clients, and Board of Directors during incredibly tumultuous times,” said Tim Denning, Chair of the Board. “The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted our clients and team and Betsy’s leadership has been an anchor since she became Interim CEO in February. We are delighted that she has accepted our offer to transition from the interim role to a permanent position. Her many years of executive leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, combined with her commitment to the Arlington community, make her the clear choice for our organization.”

Frantz’s executive leadership in strategic planning, facilitation, fundraising, governance, and organizational management spans over 30 years. Frantz served as the founding President & CEO of the Leadership Center for Excellence (formerly Leadership Arlington) for 20 years, where she led its expansion from a single program with a budget of $22,000 to a nationally recognized leadership center with a budget of $1.6M with and more than 1,600 graduates. After serving the Leadership Center, Frantz launched and led a $26M capital campaign as President of Virginia Hospital Center Foundation.

“I am grateful and humbled to accept the position of President/CEO to this well-established and loved community resource. Since becoming Interim CEO in February, I have had the honor of working with an extremely talented and dedicated team, visionary Board of Directors, and committed donors and partners,” says Frantz. “I plan to work closely with our team and Board to serve the needs of our clients and meet the strategic goals of the organization while navigating these challenging times.”

A native of Virginia with a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree from the College of William and Mary, Frantz lives in Arlington with her husband. Frantz brings years of community service to organizations across the region and has been the recipient of numerous honors from local and national organizations.

About A-SPAN: Founded in 1988, A-SPAN strives to end homeless in Arlington by moving people towards housing through a continuum of care that includes shelter, rapid re-housing and permanent supportive housing, day programs, medical respite, job and life skills coaching, and street outreach. To learn more about the wrap-around services A-SPAN provides, reach to Scott Miller, Sr. Director of Development, at [email protected] or visit


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