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Sheila Ryba takes reins as health-education center is completing $2.5 million drive.

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. [06.28.04] — Sheila Ryba, annual fund director for the Wake Education Partnership, has been named executive director of the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, both in Raleigh.

Ryba, who succeeds Pam Kohl, began her new job June 21 in the wake of the June 5 opening of the nonprofit’s new interactive health-education playground that will be open to the public.

The Poe Center now is completing a $2.5 million fund drive to pay for the playground and for a new project, an indoor “independent learning center” that also will be interactive and open to the public, as well as for a brain exhibit that opened in January 2002, says Polly Leousis, board president-elect.

The drive still is about $400,000 shy of its goal, she says.

Ryba, who joined the Wake Education Partnership last August, previously served as executive director for the San Diego office of the American Heart Association, and as regional director in Savannah for the Atlanta-based Georgia Hospitality and Travel Association, and as executive director of the Savannah Hospitality Association.

She says she expects the annual fund at the Wake Education Partnership, which has raised $1 million each of the past three years, will meet its goal of $1.2 million for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

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