The Children’s Center Names Rebecca Dutson As CEO

Dutson brings more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector

SALT LAKE CITY (December 6, 2018) – The Children’s Center, which provides comprehensive mental health care to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families, today announced Rebecca Dutson as its new CEO.

Dutson was selected after a thorough national search conducted by PrincePerelson, a premiere recruiting firm. She joins The Children’s Center with more than 25 years of experience working for United Way Worldwide and United Way of Salt Lake. In these capacities, she has led fundraising, partnership development, and organizational improvement efforts.

“Rebecca is a great fit for our mission and culture. She will build upon our strengths, history and commitment to community,” said Adria Swindle, chair of the board of trustees. “As the only organization in Utah and the Mountain West region offering trauma informed, evidence-based treatment of very young children, we believe Dutson is the right person to lead The Children’s Center toward our new future.”   

Dutson also has been actively involved in the community serving on numerous boards throughout her career, including the Jr. League of Salt Lake Advisory Board, Utah Planned Giving Roundtable Board, and the Emma Lou Thayne Community Service Center Advisory Board. Dutson currently serves on the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors, Utah Women’s Walk Advisory Board, and the Salt Lake Avenues Community Choir Board of Directors. She recently joined the Greater Avenues Community Council Board. 

“I am humbled by the opportunity to work with a remarkable team that is providing life-changing care every day to the most vulnerable children in our community,” Dutson said. “I have known The Children’s Center since its very early days and am committed to doing everything I can to fulfill its mission and continue the legacy of its founder, Agi Plenk, who I greatly admired and had the opportunity to know.” 

Dutson replaces Dr. Douglas Goldsmith, who resigned in June.