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Poe Center CEO resigns

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. – Sheila Ryba has resigned as CEO of The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education after a three-year tenure that saw big increases in the nonprofit’s budget, staff and clientele.

The Poe Center’s board has named a committee to search for a successor to Ryba, whose husband has been promoted and transferred to Tennessee.

Kim Raynor, vice president of business development, has been named interim CEO of the organization, which provides health-education programs for children.

Since Ryba was named CEO in June 2004, the number of participants the Poe Center serves has grown to 72,000 from 40,000, while its budget has increased to $1.2 million from $627,000 and its staff has more than doubled to over a dozen people working full-time and over a dozen working part-time.

The number of programs the Poe Center offers has nearly doubled to 23.

New programs include Wholesome Routines, a three-year program launched one year ago that is offered in 20 elementary schools in eight counties, with instruction by Poe Center staff that is integrated into the schools’ curriculum.

That program serves as the model for a new program focusing on alcohol prevention and substance-abuse prevention that initially will be offered in four Wake County middle schools in the coming school year.

At its annual awards luncheon last November, the Poe Center was named “most outstanding nonprofit organization” by the Triangle chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Ryba’s husband, Tom, who was CEO of Holly Hill Hospital in Raleigh, has been promoted to president of the Lone Star division of Holly Hill’s parent company, Psychiatric Solutions Inc. in Franklin, Tenn.

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