LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH – EDGE Teen Center is pleased to announce that Sara Gabbard has been appointed its new executive director. She is only the second executive director in the 12-year-old organization’s history, taking over for Brenda Yablonsky who stepped down recently but will remain an active supporter and board member.
“We took our time to find just the right person,” said Sgt. Brent Lovell with the West Chester Police Dept and current chair of EDGE’s board of directors. “Sara brings a great mix of experience in non-profit organizations and youth and family advocacy.” Sara, who is from the local area, had worked with a youth organization in Indiana and prior to that held leadership positions with Hope’s Closet in Hamilton.
“There is a lot of excitement and energy around our recently approved three-year strategic plan,” said Lovell, “and Sara will guide those efforts to support the local community’s teen population in new and high-impact ways.”
The local nonprofit that serves 700 local teens annually also shared that Melissa Rosser, who was manager of the Community Service Program, has been promoted to operations director. She will oversee the staff and programming for EDGE’s various programs focused on Community Service, Academic Success, Life Skills and Healthy Living.
The uniqueness of the EDGE model is that it is 100% tailored to the unique needs of teens – an often under-served segment of the community. The diverse teen center is dedicated to helping teens become confident in who they are and equipped to be successful in high school and beyond.