Dana Jenkins has been named the next Executive Director of Reach of Washington County by the organization’s Board of Directors. Mrs. Jenkins officially assumed the role on May 29, 2018.
“We are excited to have Dana on board as the next leader of Reach. We are confident that her extensive management experience and skill in strategic planning will successfully take Reach through the next phase of our history” said Jim Marshall, Chair of the Reach Board of Directors
Mrs. Jenkins background uniquely positions her to assume this role, as Reach of Washington County’s third Executive Director. With significant experience in leadership, strategy and marketing in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, Jenkins will advance the organization’s strategic plan and guide Reach’s future contributions assisting the homeless and financially disadvantaged populations. One specific area she will be focusing on is a housing first model.
“I am humbled and honored to be part an organization with such a strong mission to help the most vulnerable population in our county. It is my mission to further support our clients towards self-sufficiency while helping guide efforts for long-term success. I look forward to working with our clients, staff, Board, 1,600 volunteers and community partners”.
Jenkins holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Science from Carlow University, a Medical Marketing certificate from UCLA, and multiple leadership and digital marketing certifications.
Jenkins comes to Reach with a plethora of experience. For the last few years, Jenkins was the CEO of her own consulting business where she helped entrepreneurs, small-businesses and nonprofits with strategic planning, leadership, marketing and social media marketing. Prior to that, Jenkins spent 16 years in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry where she received extensive training and experience while holding many leadership roles in sales, marketing, strategy, training and management. Concluding her career in the biotech industry, Jenkins was the head of a genetic division for the United States. For the last several years, Jenkins has been an asset in the community as she is the Vice President on two local boards as also chairs several committees.
Taste of the Town, Reach’s annual fundraiser is Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Hager Hall. For more information about Taste of the Town, go to www.tasteofthetownwc.com. Visit www.reachofwc.org to learn more about the organization.
Reach of Washington County is a grassroots organization which strives to prevent and resolve homelessness by serving the homeless and working poor of Washington County. Programs range from safety net to self-sufficiency. Reach provides a Cold Weather Shelter for homeless adults, Case Management, a Day Resource Center, financial assistance to serve those facing crises, and self-sufficiency programs; which include Open Table and Financial Literacy classes.
During the last shelter season, Reach had 213 individuals aged 18-75 sleep in the shelter; equaling a total of 6,664 bed nights. Out of the 213 clients, 51 were case managed and 26 found permanent housing. Reach continues to prevent more Washington County residents from becoming homeless. Over the last quarter, Reach has assisted 52 families with avoiding eviction or getting into independent housing, 14 emergency lodging placements, assisted 12 families with emergency utility bills and assisted several others with a variety of imminent needs. So far this year, 68 county residents have taken Reach’s Financial Literacy classes.
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