BEATRICE — Megan Gumbel is leaving her leadership position at Beatrice State Developmental Center.
Gumbel has been at the center since March 2016. Her formal title is deputy director of state-operated services and quality with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Her last day will be Dec. 6.
She’s leaving the state-run center to return to her home state of Indiana, where she’ll lead Giving Family Hope, a new organization where she’ll continue working with people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.
She said a former employee tipped her off about the position, and the move will take her closer to home.
“My decision to leave is purely based on convergence of when family needs meet career opportunities,” Gumbel said. “My mom retired a year and a half ago. She hasn’t yet asked me to move home, but is at that age where parents are moving in with their children or children are moving to be close to them. It’s helpful for me to be near her.”
Corina Harrison will serve as the interim leader of the Beatrice center. Harrison works on special projects within the division and was previously the center's clinic manager.
Beatrice State Developmental Center currently has 107 permanent and three temporary residents, and a staff of about 450 workers.
Gumbel added she’s enjoyed the workers at BSDC, and hopes recent progress continues after her departure.
“I’ve had a tremendous time and gotten a great deal of support,” she said. “Beatrice has been unlike any community in its support of BSDC and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The staff is impeccable with dedication to the people that are supported. There’s a wonderful team out there.”