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New ACS Director Named for the Greater Washington Area

Story by ACSGW Staff
Published 1/12/2013

Sheila Schlisner Hendricks was recently named executive director of the Adventist Community Services Center of Greater Washington, (ACSGW) effective February 1. She replaces Gene Milton, who, since last summer, served as interim director.

Schlisner Hendricks most recently served as the executive director of the Good Neighbor Community Center in Nebraska where she worked collaboratively with numerous parochial organizations, government agencies and community associations.

“We are fortunate to have such a dynamic new leader at this critical time in our history,” said Les Pitton, chair of the board for the Silver Spring, Md.-organization. “Sheila’s depth and breadth of industry knowledge, experience and expertise will surely be an asset to ACSGW. The organization worked hard to ensure we selected someone who would be good for the organization and bring the skills necessary to move the organization forward during this time of ever increasing needs around us.”

Schlisner Hendricks’ responsibilities will include serving as the organization’s official spokesperson and reaching out to churches, governmental entities and associations and representatives of social service agencies in the communities served. She will oversee all programs of the center, and launch new initiatives that help to fulfill the mission of the center.

Prior to her work in community services, Schlisner Hendricks was an employment specialist in vocational rehabilitation with Goodwill Industries, a certified activities director for Senior Care and served seven years as a dean of women.

Milton continues to serve on the operating board as treasurer and chair of the finance committee. He will also continue to assist Schlisner Hendricks with administrative matters as needed. “We are grateful to Gene Milton for his work over the past eight plus months to keep the organization operating efficiently and make for a smooth transition for Sheila’s leadership,” Pitton said.

ACSGW was founded in 1983 under the auspices of Potomac Conference’s Sligo, Silver Spring and Takoma Park churches and offers a plethora of services ranging from emergency assistance, education, workforce development, medical services and dental services. Burnt Mills, Hyattsville, Triadelphia and Beltsville serve as member churches while the presidents of the Columbia Union, Chesapeake, Allegheny East and Potomac conferences serve on the governing board.

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