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Pace CEO Retiring and New Executive Director Named

After working for 26 years for Pace, with 19 years as the agency’s Executive Director and

CEO, Dr. Bertha Proctor has announced her retirement. During her tenure, Bertha has

transformed the agency into a national leader throughout the Community Action network.

She has increased agency funding, expanded the service footprint, and created an

organizational culture that will carry the agency successfully into the future.

On Friday, October 27th Pace will hold a retirement party to celebrate Dr. Proctor which

will also be a time for the public to meet the next Executive Director. The event will be

held at Highland Woods Community Center in Vincennes with doors opening at 6:00pm,

a program at 6:30, and dancing from 7:00-10:00pm. All are invited, and RSVPs are

requested to allow for a more accurate count for hors d’oeuvres.

On September 21st - Pace’s Board of Directors voted to hire Tai Blythe as the agency’s

new Executive Director, effective November 1, 2023. Ms. Blythe and Dr. Proctor will co-lead through January 5, 2024.

A native of southern Indiana, Tai has been with Pace since 2006 and has served as Chief Operating Officer for over three years. In 2015 she became a Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) which is part of the nationally recognized certification program among

Community Action Agencies.

Ms. Blythe holds a master’s degree in Leadership Development and a bachelor's degree

in Psychology. She is certified in Human Resources through SHRM and a Cultural

Intelligence (CQ) Certified Facilitator. In her COO role she currently handles agency

communications while working within the Head Start and Energy Programs. Tai has also

served the Community Action network providing training and consultation to other

Community Action agency staff throughout the country.

Dr. Proctor stated that “Tai and I have worked closely together over the past 16 years,

and I am ready to pass the baton to her and excited for Pace! I am confident that Tai, as

Pace’s next Executive Director, will lead the organization to even greater heights in

serving our communities.” We look ahead with continued commitment to our mission in

providing support services that improve the community and encourage self-reliance.

Pace CEO Retiring and New Executive Director Named

Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. is a private not-for-profit Community Action Agency established to provide support services to improve the community and encourage self-reliance. Services are provided without regard to race, age, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, familial status, or status as a veteran.

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