Non-profit organization Center Point appoints new executive director

The ninth executive director in Center Point’s history, Fleming’s ties to the organization are longstanding, having served as director of program development after its 2016 merger with the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program, which she oversaw for several years, according to a press release.

Fleming, 56, said she was looking forward to following in the footsteps of longtime director David Smith, who served from 1992 until his retirement in 2019.

“I look forward to carrying on the legacy that my dear friend David Smith established so many years ago to serve the youth of our community,” said Fleming. “Young people and their families need our unwavering help and support more than ever during this grueling pandemic.”

Founded by four area churches in 1967, Center Point operates from two Hall County offices – its longtime headquarters near Gainesville High School and an office in Oakwood – and serves more than 10,000 youth and families with a “wide range” of support services and programs. As an academic program accredited by AdvancED, the organization’s team of educators and licensed clinical psychologists, therapists, and social workers also provide support to the city and county school systems.

With Fleming’s passion and years of nonprofit experience, Fleming “has the full confidence of our Board of Directors to expand our outreach services to address the ongoing mental health crisis in the community. , in addition to partnering to improve high school graduation rates in this area,” the organization’s board chair Staci Tunkel said in a statement.

Virginia S. Braud