Gayane Stepanian to lead RCMA
For the first time in 28 years, Redlands Christian Migrant Association has a new leader.
Gayane A. Stepanian, previously an executive with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, is RCMA’s new executive director. As of January 1, 2017 Stepanian took over the position of Barbara Mainster, who joined RCMA in 1972 and has been executive director since 1988.
Stepanian’s selection ended a search dating back to June, 2015, when Mainster informed her Board of Directors and RCMA’s staff of 1,600 that she was planning to retire.
“I am inspired and humbled to join RCMA,” said Stepanian. “I am thrilled to join others who are absolutely dedicated to delivering world-class child care and education for our most vulnerable kids.”
RCMA prides itself on its multicultural sensitivity. More than 80 percent of the children it serves are Hispanic, and 11 percent are African-American. Stepanian fits that culture well. She is the daughter of a Mexican mother and an Armenian father, and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Since 2014, Stepanian had been Director of Grants Development for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Miami. She is a child safety expert with degrees in psychology and education, and is a mother of three teenagers.
“My parents came to this country with nothing but their sheer will,” Stepanian said. “It is that same will and passion that I see in our volunteers, staff and families at RCMA.
RCMA, to me, is like coming home.”