Community Action of Southern Kentucky’s Board of Directors Chairman Judge Executive Logan Chick announced that Cheryl Allen informed the Board of Directors of her plan to retire as CEO/Executive Director by the end of 2014. The Board of Directors has selected a search committee for a new CEO.
Throughout her 28 years at Community Action, Cheryl Allen has overseen programs and services for all ages and has helped make a positive impact in the lives of the children, seniors, individuals and families. During her time as CEO/Executive Director, she has opened a new center in Allen County and four new locations in Warren County. Under her leadership, the Agency was one of the 25 Reading is Fundamental programs across the nation honored in Washington, D.C. for efforts to advance children’s literacy. Cheryl Allen was recognized with the Freedom from Violence Award by Barren River Area Safe Space in 2007 and Woman of the Year from the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission’s Women of Achievement Awards in 2008. In 2013, she was inducted into the Bowling Green High School Hall of Honor.
Cheryl has held a number of key positions at Community Action. Before becoming CEO/Executive Director, she began her employment as the Foster Grandparent Program Director and held that position for nearly ten years before being promoted to Management and Budget Assistant for the Agency. After five years, she was again promoted to Associate Director and held that position for four years. She has been CEO/Executive Director since 2006. Since that time, she implemented Poverty Simulations to help bring awareness to the struggles that individuals and families face when confronted with conditions of poverty.
“Community Action wants to call attention to problems related to poverty and financial difficulties many people in our communities are facing,” said Allen. “With decreasing federal and state funding, unfortunately fewer people are being supported as they struggle to meet their challenges. Community Action of Southern Kentucky creates opportunities for people to improve their personal and economic well-being through a variety of programs and services, such as financial literacy, employment enhancement training, child development, education, transportation and so much more.”
“Community Action of Southern Kentucky’s services are needed now more than ever in order to help people escape poverty and have a chance to be self-reliant,” said Allen. “My decision to leave was not something I took lightly. I still believe whole-heartedly in the efforts of Community Action to help so many of our friends and neighbors. I am blessed to have both of my parents still living and look forward to more time with them as well as my grandchildren-and some relaxation at the lake.”
“Cheryl Allen has been an asset to Community Action during her 28 years here,” said Board Chairman Logan County Judge Executive Logan Chick. “She has shown dedication and commitment to providing quality services to those in need and has been a leader and advocate locally and statewide for the people in our area. She will be missed and on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at Community Action, we offer her best wishes for her retirement.”
Community Action of Southern Kentucky, Inc., is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation. Federal, state, and local government funding, private contributions, and user fees enable our agency to provide a comprehensive range of human services to residents in the Barren River area, especially those confronting issues of poverty.