For Immediate Release
Mandy Arioto Named President and CEO of MOPS International
Denver, CO – March 7, 2016: The Board of MOPS International has elected Mandy J. Arioto as the organization’s fifth President and CEO. Arioto will assume the position on March 1, 2016, succeeding Sherry Surratt, who has served as CEO for the past four years. The MOPS International Board was aided in the search process by Price Harding, III, a partner and founder of CarterBaldwin Executive Search of Atlanta, Georgia.
Arioto comes to MOPS with deep experience in church ministry and cultural innovation. Her most recent position was Director of Marketing and Membership at MOPS International.
Board chair Roger Franklin describes MOPS’ new CEO as a woman with passion for bringing God’s good news to all young moms: “We couldn’t be more delighted that after a thorough national search, our next CEO comes from within MOPS. Mandy has been instrumental in developing relevant, fresh curriculum and messaging as a senior leader on Sherry’s team responsible for significant growth and vibrancy in MOPS’ ministry to young moms. Having watched Mandy these past three years, we believe she is uniquely qualified to build on this success and to leave her legacy of reaching young moms for Christ.”
Linda Chowdry, search committee chair, credits Mandy’s time with MOPS as Marketing and Membership team leader in combination with her extensive experience in ministry and marketing within other organizations as critical considerations placing her at the top of the candidate list. While at MOPS, Mandy has developed valuable contacts with a large network of churches as well as major donors. These relationships will serve the MOPS ministry in a crucial way as Mandy leads with both vision and experience. “Mandy has the skill set to build on the strong foundation of what MOPS is already accomplishing and the imagination to lead MOPS into a bright future,” Chowdry states.
“MOPS has thrived under Sherry’s leadership, and the board expresses our deep gratitude to Sherry for her efforts these past four years. MOPS is entering an exciting new period under Mandy’s leadership, and we enter this next stage faithfully and boldly in expectation of a fierce flourishing in Christ for young moms.” Franklin says.
Sherry Surratt extends warm wishes to her successor stating, “I am honored to pass the leadership baton to Mandy with her unwavering passion for moms of young children and her relevant expertise. MOPS is poised for exponential growth and I can’t wait to see what God will accomplish through her stellar leadership”.
For her part, Arioto credits the organization’s unwavering passion for reaching the next generation of moms as what she loves most about MOPS: “Moms are world changers. The emotional health and wholeness of the whole world in many ways rests on the shoulders of the women raising the next generation. God is stirring up a fresh wave of momentum where MOPS is being uniquely used to empower and equip women to take their next step toward Jesus. I am thrilled to be a part of what God is doing.”
A graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, Arioto began her career as a pastor in San Diego, California. She later transitioned into a new field as Marketing Director; due to her success in helping brands gain traction in developing markets, she became a sought after speaker on the topic of cultural change and innovation. Featured on MSN, theNest.com, Fox and other major media outlets, Arioto gained a voice as an expert in relationship building for growing companies.
In 2010, after growing a successful start-up company, Arioto accepted a position with Mosaic Church in Southern California, where she spent 3 years as a teaching pastor as well as leading children and family ministries. Most recently, she has helped MOPS International reimagine their brand while creating cutting edge resources to reach young moms. Her book Starry Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood will be released with Zondervan in August 2016.
Arioto and her husband Joe are parents of three young children: Joseph, Ellie and Charlotte.
MOPS will feature more about the organizations new President and CEO in the fall 2016 edition of Hello, Dearest magazine. Arioto will also be introduced at the MOPS International Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in September 2016.
Denver-based MOPS International is a non-profit ministry that creates mothering communities to help “Better Moms Make A Better World.” Moms attend MOPS groups to experience authentic friendship, receive mothering support, and to grow personally and spiritually. Since 1973, MOPS International has served millions of mothers of preschoolers in thousands of local MOPS groups across the U.S. and in almost 40 countries internationally. MOPS serves moms from all walks of life and exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader. MOPS is the best in the world at creating authentic communities of growth that invite women into a relationship with Jesus Christ.