New leader chosen for area agency
DANVILLE — A long-time educator from St. Louis has been hired as the chief executive officer of the East Central Illinois Community Action Agency.
The Danville-based agency's board announced this week the selection of Angele Thibodeaux Burns. Her appointment is effective immediately, according to the announcement.
She replaces former CEO Dwight Lucas, of Danville, who led the agency for more than 25 years. Earlier this year, board officials confirmed that Lucas was no longer the CEO, but did not disclose any details about when or why he left the position.
The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency was incorporated in February 1966 in Vermilion County, and the first service it delivered was a summertime Head Start program for children. In 1977, the agency began serving Ford and Iroquois counties. Over the years, the service area, services offered and number of people served have expanded. It provides information, training, education and other services that help families and communities become more self-sufficient.
Burns, a New Orleans native, has worked as an educator or in education administration for more than 23 years, most recently in St. Louis public schools.
Burns said, in a news release announcing her hiring, that she is humbled and overjoyed by this opportunity to join the agency.
"The agency's ongoing eradication of social service obstacles in turn improves the quality of life for all citizens living in Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion counties. This is very important work," Burns said in the announcement.
Agency Board Chairman Doug Ahrens said in the announcement that the board looks forward to her guidance and stewardship of the agency's programs and services.