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NKCAC Names New Executive Director

The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission announced its new executive director on Wednesday.

Catrena Bowman-Thomas was selected following a nationwide search.

She will take over the Covington-based nonprofit on July 1. Current director Florence Tandy is retiring.

Bowman-Thomas is currently director of community services at Community Action Council in Lexington where she oversees operations at the organization's community centers and manages youth and workforce development programming designed to assist families and individuals reach self-sufficiency.

She has worked at the Lexington organization for more than eighteen years.

In her new role, Bowman-Thomas will oversee Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission’s $13 million budget, staff of approximately 150, and 24 locations across eight counties dedicated to serving over 25,000 individuals each year. 

The search was led by J.C. Morgan, director of the Campbell County Library and Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission board chair along with NKCAC’s executive committee. Gilman Partners, an executive search firm with a nonprofit practice area, partnered with NKCAC for the search.

“Catrena is a charismatic, dynamic leader and she is committed to ending the cycle of poverty. She’s spent her career helping individuals and families find a life of self-reliance.  We’re proud to have her at the helm of NKCAC,” Morgan said.

“I find it rewarding to help people reach their personal and professional goals. I have accepted this opportunity because NKCAC does that every day with every program and initiative the agency provides,” Bowman-Thomas said. “I am so excited to call NKCAC home and to work with such a strong staff and great group of community volunteers to provide a clearer pathway for moving people out of poverty.”

Bowman-Thomas also serves as a board member at the Lexington Leadership Foundation and Partners for Youth.  

She holds a bachelor's degree in family studies and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis on nonprofit management from the University of Kentucky. She is a certified community action professional (CCAP) and a national ROMA certified trainer. A mother of three, she loves gospel music and is a self-professed fashionista.

Bowman-Thomas succeeds Florence Tandy who served in this capacity for over 13 years. Under Tandy’s leadership, the organization has grown in size, complexity, and capacity. Tandy launched several new initiatives during her tenure including regionally acclaimed work around supporting victims of childhood trauma, the rehab of Lincoln Grant School into the Lincoln Grant Scholar House and bringing to Early Head Start to Northern Kentucky.

-Staff report

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