PIQUA — Students from the Kids Learning Place in Bellefontaine recently presented Council on Rural Service Executive Director Shirley Hathaway with a “Thank You” card to express their appreciation for her service, as she retires Dec. 31.
Serving as executive director during the majority of her 36 years with CORS, Ms. Hathaway’s leadership helped the organization through the process of expanding service areas to nine counties, creating new programs for children, youth and adults; establishing collaborative partnerships in the communities, and purchasing and building local child care centers, according to a release.
“I am so proud to be part of this agency and am equally grateful to have had an experience to watch literally thousands of children and youth reach towards their continuing potential,” Ms. Hathaway said. “It has also been my blessing to work with such dedicated staff whose inspiration every day has enormous impact in our communities.”
She currently serves on the board of trustees of Clear Creek Farm Youth Group Home and Edison Community College Human Services Advisory Council. She is also a member of national, state and community organizations as well as a longtime member of Rotary International and first woman president of the Greenville Rotary Club.
Dan Schwanitz has been named the interim executive director.
The Council on Rural Services organization administers grants and programs in a nine-county area of west Central Ohio that includes Head Start, Early Head Start, Kids Learning Place, Help Me Grow, Gateway Youth Programs, and Achievement Center for Educational Success. It also offers volunteer programs, such as HandsOn West Central Ohio, and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.