New CEO of Child Advocates Chosen as Long-time CEO Prepares to Retire

Posted on December 5th, 2023

Phyllis Armstrong

INDIANAPOLIS – The Child Advocates Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Phyllis Armstrong, a long-time, experienced leader and attorney at Child Advocates, will be the next Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the nonprofit organization.

Armstrong will take over the role when Child Advocates’ CEO Cindy Booth retires after nearly 30 years of leading the organization. Armstrong is currently the Vice President of Program Operations for Child Advocates and is an attorney who has a rich and respected history in various leadership roles at Child Advocates since she joined the organization 25 years ago.

Board Chair, Katherine Malarsky, said, “It quickly became clear to us that Phyllis is a strong champion of children and families as well as a strong supporter of all of Child Advocates’ staff. She and Cindy will work closely over the coming weeks to transition responsibilities, roles, and relationships, and I have no doubt that the transition will go smoothly.”

CEO Cindy Booth views Phyllis’s long tenure and experience with the organization as a great asset as Child Advocates makes this important transition. “Child Advocates’ staff and I are so pleased with the selection of Phyllis Armstrong as our next CEO. Phyllis leads with integrity, knowledge, and commitment to children and youth.” Booth continued, “During her time here, Phyllis has created programs and developed and mentored staff. And her strong leadership and vision will meet the challenges ahead as Child Advocates continues its transition to a statewide agency focusing on justice, equity, and wellbeing for Indiana’s children.”

Phyllis Armstrong stated, “I’m proud to be a part of an organization that has been building and sustaining transformational programs addressing unmet needs of children in the child welfare system and others who are at risk of system involvement throughout Indiana. I look forward to leading the agency and supporting our exceptionally experienced and dedicated staff as we continue to champion vulnerable children in need throughout the state. Child Advocates’ future is promising thanks to the foundation that Cindy worked tirelessly to set.”

Phyllis will begin her new role as Child Advocates’ Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2024.

Child Advocates offers vital programs and services for vulnerable children and youth statewide through a race equity lens. We serve children and youth in the child welfare system who have experienced abuse and neglect. We connect children experiencing serious mental health or behavioral challenges to statewide services for help. We offer free educational liaisons to children who are struggling in school due to life traumas and challenges. And we advocate for racial equity in child welfare and in our communities to help build a better future for all children. We serve as a voice for children, standing up for their rights, and working to keep them safe and secure in a home where they can thrive. Learn more about all of our programs at Child Advocates.