Meeting our Community's Needs - Neighbor to Neighbor

PEREZ SAYS GOODBYE & CHEATHAM NAMED INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

October 31, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wheaton, Illinois People's Resource Center (PRC) today announced that Kimberley C. Perez, Executive Director, has decided to leave the organization to become the President and CEO of The Cradle - a premiere adoption agency. Perez joined PRC in June 2010 and has been instrumental in leading efforts to serve low-income families and end hunger and poverty in DuPage County, IL. Most notably, Perez spearheaded the organization's expansion and capital campaign for a new, permanent facility in Westmont to serve neighbors in need in the southeast region of DuPage.

Perez plans to leave PRC at the end of November and assume her new role shortly thereafter. Upon her departure, Linda Cheatham, PRC's Director of Operations, will oversee the organization as Interim Executive Director until a successor is named by the Board of Directors. Cheatham was recently named CFO of the Year by the Daily Herald Business Ledger and has over 20 years of experience as an employee at the agency. Cheatham will be supported by the dedicated assistance of over 30 employees, 2,400 volunteers, and a 17-member board of directors. Together and united, the PRC community will continue serving the more than 30,000 low-income neighbors living in DuPage County who turn to the agency for assistance when times are tough.

PRC has earned impressive recognition under Perez's leadership. In 2015, the company was named Partner Agency of the Year by United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Bank of America's Neighborhood Builders Award, and in 2016, PRC was recognized as the Most Impactful Nonprofit in the Western Suburbs by West Suburban Magazine. Perez also serves on a number of county-wide Boards and committees including Impact DuPage and the DuPage Federation on Human Services. 

"We have been blessed to have Kim as our Executive Director for these past six and a half years. I truly believe our clients, our volunteers, and our communities are better and have grown because of her leadership," said Board President Mark Demich.

He added, "It is also an exciting time to begin strategically imagining the next chapter in PRC's over 40-year legacy in serving the needs of the community - neighbor to neighbor."

"I'm proud of what we've accomplished in helping to transform the lives of the neighbors we serve at PRC," said Mrs. Perez. "I am sincerely grateful for the support I've received from the Board of Directors, employees, volunteers, community members and donors. PRC is well positioned and Linda Cheatham will help be a bridge as the agency makes this transition."

Linda Cheatham, Interim Executive Director said: "It's an absolute honor to be appointed as the Interim Executive Director of PRC. I very much look forward to continuing our success in serving the community."

 

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Inquiries:       Sarah O'Donnell, Director of Development

                       630-682-5402 ● sodonnell@peoplesrc.org

 

Notes to the Editor

  • In due course, the Board will be contracting with an executive hiring firm to conduct the search process.
  • Linda Cheatham became the Director of Operations in June 2008 after being PRC's Director of Finance/HR. Linda joined PRC in 1995 from Wheaton Franciscans where she was the Administrator.
  • Kim Perez was appointed as Executive Director in June 2010. Kim joined PRC from Lifelink Corporation where she was the Vice President of Child & Family Services.

About People's Resource Center

Meeting Our Community's Needs - Neighbor to Neighbor

Since 1975, People's Resource Center (PRC) has been bringing neighbors together to respond to hunger and poverty in DuPage County.

Over 30,000 DuPage residents rely on PRC for help each year. With a team of over 2,400 volunteers, we offer nutritious food and other basic necessities like clothes and rent assistance for people facing tough times.  We also connect people with resources-education and tutoring, jobs, technology, art, a caring community-to create a future of hope and opportunity for all.

PRC is able to provide these services because of the generosity and support from our neighbors. More than 2,400 volunteers work with our small staff offering  time, skills and resources to help their neighbors. Donors contribute food, clothing, books, computers, and money to support our work.  The majority of our support comes from caring neighbors right here in DuPage County.

 

The Mission of People's Resource Center

People's Resource Center community exists to respond to basic human needs, promote dignity and justice, and create a future of hope and opportunity for the residents of DuPage County, Illinois through discovering and sharing personal and community resources.