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Michelle Barber becomes CEO of Community Resources Inc.

PARKERSBURG — The Board of Directors of Community Resources Inc. has announced a new chief executive officer.

The appointment of Michelle R. Barber was effective Friday. Barber previously served as the chief operating officer for Community Resources.

“I am honored and energized by this opportunity to assume leadership of this important organization,” Barber said. “Over the years, I have seen first-hand the positive impact CRI has had on the lives of so many in our community.”

Among accomplishments in her previous role were creating and overseeing the daily operations and staff of the for-profit subsidiary Mermaid Cleaners, creating and overseeing the daily operations and staff of the Child Care division, overseeing the daily operations and staff of the Community Service Block Grant and of the Community Housing Development Organization.

“Under the leadership of Michelle Barber, we look forward to a new vision for Community Resources Inc. as we seek to explore possibilities, find hope and end poverty in the local communities we serve,” said the Rev. Emilie Theobald-Rowlands, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Vienna and board secretary of Community Resources.

Barber brings “a passion and energy” to the organization and familiarity with the people, programs and communities served by Community Resources, she said.

“As a board of directors, we are excited to work alongside Mrs. Barber and the staff of this amazing organization for the present and future years to come,” Theobald-Rowlands said.

The Board of Directors thanked Vicki Randolph, chief financial officer, who was acting chief executive officer during an interim period. Her leadership provided stability and continuity, the board said.

Community Resources is a nonprofit organization for 33 years has worked to end poverty across Jackson, Roane, Ritchie, Calhoun, Wood, Wirt, Pleasants, Gilmer, Doddridge, Tyler and Wetzel counties in West Virginia, and in Ohio, serves Washington County through Faithlink.

The organization CRI has worked in dozens of communities to establish resources for families to become self-sustainable.

“I have a deep respect for the work that we do and truly believe that we make a difference in reducing poverty and lifting families up. I am proud of the progress CRI has made over the past several years, starting various businesses, and creating stronger foundations in many under-represented family’s homes,” Barber said.

She said Randolph created and ensured a seamless transition and continuation.

“Finally, I want to say thank you to all CRI employees and community partners. I have always been impressed by our team’s commitment to serving their communities and moving the organization’s vision forward,” Barber said.

“I very much look forward to working with everyone in 2020 and beyond to deliver our long-term priorities, performance and culture for CRI.”

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