President of Wyandot Inc. is retiring this summer

04/16/2014 6:41 PM

04/16/2014 6:42 PM

Pete Zevenbergen, president of Wyandot Inc. and a longtime leader of social services in Wyandotte County, is retiring this summer.

Randy Callstrom, the head of PACES, a child and family agency that is part of Wyandot Inc., will fill the slot.

Wyandot Inc. is the parent company of four nonprofit agencies providing services for mental health, children and families, housing challenges and the development of urban Kansas City, Kan. Zevenbergen is credited with expanding those social services in Wyandotte County.

He plans to return to his native Iowa and with his wife, Cindy, to be closer to family there. His retirement is effective June 30.

Zevenbergen accelerated his retirement plans after a car accident last month that claimed the life of his 20-year-old son, Robert.

“This is a bittersweet transition for our organization,” the Rev. Ken Nettling, board chairman of Wyandot Inc., said in a statement.

Callstrom, who has been with Wyandot Inc. agencies since 1993, will assume the leadership role July 1.

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