The Center Leadership

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Charles C. Canton

President and CEO

Charles C. Canton is President and CEO of The Center for Pursuit. He joined The Center in 2018, bringing with him 15 years’ experience as a distinguished non-profit leader and more than four decades of success in management.

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Kevin Kern

Chief Operating Officer

Kevin Kern is the Chief Operating Officer at The Center. He joined the organization in 2007 and has over 18 years of nonprofit leadership experience working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Marilu Garza

Chief Development Officer

Marilu Garza joined The Center as Chief Development Officer in May 2018. She leads The Center’s fundraising, marketing/public relations, and volunteer efforts.

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Sabrena Akenten

Chief Human Resources Officer

Sabrena Akenten is the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Center, where she is responsible for the organization’s HR efforts and strategy.

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David Pomerantz

Chief Financial Officer

David Pomerantz joined The Center as Chief Financial Officer in 2016 and is responsible for managing the organization’s finances.

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Charles Kerlegon

Senior Director of Continuous Quality Improvement & Staff Development

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Damien Harris

Director of Residential Services

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Frank Higginbotham

Director of Day Program Services

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Rebecca Kern

Director of Behavioral Health & Support Services

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Mary Nowell

Director of Special Projects

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Jim Thompson

Director of CRI Commercial & Business Development

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Teaya Smith

Director of Admissions and Volunteer Services

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Tara Keener

Director of Willow River Farms

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Mark Thornbrough

Director of Facilities

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Terri Wright

Director of CRI Federal