The social worker and youth advocate starts her new job on April 16.
By Prizm News
Erin Upchurch, a social worker who helped found several LGBTQ groups and served on the boards of several others, has been named the new executive director of the Kaleidoscope Youth Center.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Kaleidoscope family and am looking forward to standing with and supporting our youth, families, and community,” Upchurch said.
She replaces Amy Eldridge, who left her job last fall after six years.
The board of directors for Kaleidoscope said Upchurch will start on April 16. She’s currently the assistant clinical director for Netcare Corp. and a community lecturer and field instructor for Ohio State University’s College of Social Work.
“This is an exciting time of growth for our organization. Erin’s experience and leadership style will be of great value in supporting the future direction of Kaleidoscope,” KYC Board President Kelly Francone said in a news release from the organization.
Upchurch earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University and her master’s degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University. She helped found Columbus Urban Pride and New Leaf Columbus and has served on the boards of TransOhio and the former Ohio AIDS Coalition.
She served on the Columbus Community Relations Commission and currently served on the board of the Central Ohio Fair Housing Association.
Upchurch ran unsuccessfully in 2017 for the Columbus City Schools Board of Education.
Kaleidoscope Youth Center was established in 1994 and works in partnership with young people in Central Ohio to create safe and empowering environments for LGBTQ and ally youth ages 12–20.