Pamela Leap Jarrell named as New Executive Director

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151-Year OPamela Leap Jarrellld Center for Family Services Appoints New Leader to Continue Rich History of Providing Essential Services to Crawford County

Meadville, PA: The Board Chair of the Center for Family Services (CFS), Connie Haibach, announced today that the Board of Directors has hired Pamela Leap Jarrell as the organization’s next leader, following an intense search that lasted several months. This decision comes at an exciting time for the organization, as it recently celebrated its one hundred fiftieth birthday, and moves towards its strategic goal of deeper and broader programmatic impact. The Center for Family Services was founded in 1863, and since then has been compassionately serving those in need and in crisis by responding with necessary, quality services.  Today, CFS’ mission is to assist, support, and strengthen individuals and families throughout our communities. The communities referenced in the mission statement include all communities in Crawford County. Board Chair Connie Haibach stated, “Since 1863, the Center for Family Services has only had seven Executive Directors.  Today, the Board wants to introduce the Center’s eighth leader, Pamela Jarrell.  The Center’s Board and Staff are extremely excited about the new direction and vision that Pam brings to this leadership role.  As a dedicated employee for nine years, Pam’s history, passion and understanding of the Center for Family Services and its mission are the strengths she brings to the Executive Director’s position. As the community gets to know Pam personally over the next few months, we hope Crawford County will partner with Pam and the Center as we all continue to meet the evolving needs of the people in our communities.” Ms. Jarrell has been serving as the Finance Director for the Center for Family Services since 2005. She brings a strong background in administration and finance, as well as operations and education. She has also served as a Business Manager with Meadville Cooperative Preschool, and as the office manager, book keeper and treasurer with Starn Technical Services, both located in Meadville, PA. She earned a BS degree from Edinboro University, graduating with honors. Shortly after being informed of the hiring decision by the Board of Directors, Ms. Jarrell stated, “I am extremely excited and honored to be chosen as the new Executive Director at the Center for Family Services.  I’ll be complementing the dedicated and passionate Staff and Board already in place and working to achieve our mission on a daily basis. I look forward to representing CFS, and will focus on strengthening our existing programs and expanding where it makes sense to meet the needs of our community.  The agency and its programs have always adapted as the community and its needs have changed. We have a commitment to growth and evolving what we do for today’s issues and in the future.” The Center for Family Services helps those who are struggling to get back on their feet with life’s essentials: food, clothing, emergency assistance, and community support. It does this by offering quality services including, but not limited to:

  • Emergency utility and basic needs assistance
  • Food distribution through seven food pantries operated by CFS
  • Essential services: food, clothing and personal care items
  • Housing assistance programs: rental assistance, foreclosure prevention counseling, credit repair, financial and budgeting education, and first time homebuyers’ workshops. CFS houses the only HUD certified counselors in Crawford and Venango counties.
  • Programs that assist children with back to school supplies, shoes, and coats
  • Family education including: Parenting, Homemaking, Anger management, and Counseling Programs to build up and support families and children

CFS’ Board Treasurer, Debra Mealy stated, “I am very excited that Pam Jarrell has been promoted to Executive Director with the Center for Family Services.  Pam has shown a passion for helping people and her past years of experience and knowledge will help her to continue this passion. Her leadership  will  continue to provide a positive direction in educating the community on  the mission of the center and what Center for Family Services can do to help families in need or crisis.”



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