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SEACAA welcomes new board members



The Southeastern Association of Community Action Agencies (SEACAA) is happy to announce the appointment of three new board members.


Charlene Engle is the Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Community Action in West Liberty, KY. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and launched her career as a Montessori teacher. Over the course of more than 30 years with Gateway, Charlene has held various positions, including Head Start Education Manager and Head Start Director. Throughout her career, she has actively served on numerous boards and committees, including chair of the Kentucky Head Start Association. She currently chairs Community Action Kentucky, a statewide association representing and supporting 23 CAAs.



Mike Smith is the Executive Director of Southwest Human Resource Agency in Jackson, TN. Prior to joining Southwest Human Resource Agency, he served as the mayor of McNairy County. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee’s WestStar leadership and local government leadership programs. Mike has previously served as a member of the board of the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Services Board of Directors, chaired the Southwest Tennessee Development District board of directors, and was president and a charter board member of the Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center in McNairy County.



James G. Williams is the Executive Director of the Beaufort Jasper Economic Opportunity Commission, located in Beaufort, SC. A retired U.S. Marine with more than 20 years of military and corporate management experience, he has an extensive background in equal opportunity programs, stakeholder relations, operational management, professional development, and networking. Prior to his role as executive director, James served as Assistant Executive Director of the BJEOC, during which time he become acquainted with the policies and procedures of the organization.


“Our new board members provide diverse views and knowledge that will further our collective work in eliminating poverty in the communities that we serve,” said SEACAA President William Holt. “They will join our fellow board members to lend their expertise, creativity, and diversity to guide the mission and support the vision of SEACAA as it continues to provide a brighter future for the Southeast’s most vulnerable families.”


SEACAA is a membership association of nearly 200 agencies that represent the interests, issues, and concerns that impact the quality of life of families and communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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