After completing nine years as the Executive Director and nearly 35 years with the Agency, the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA) Board of Directors announces the retirement of Pam LaFrenz effective June 30, 2017. LaFrenz came to the agency in 1982 as Head Start director and served in that capacity until 2008 when she was promoted to executive director.
LaFrenz is currently serving on several State, Regional and National boards including: Missouri Community Action Network Board of Directors; Missouri Head Start Association Board of Directors; Head Start State Collaboration Advisory Council; Region 7 Head Start Association Board of Directors; National Head Start Association Board of Directors; and, Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. She will continue to serve on several of these Boards following her retirement.
MVCAA Board Chair Josh Taylor commended Ms. LaFrenz on her service.
“On behalf of the MVCAA Board, I would like to thank Pam for her many years of service to MVCAA and the many communities it serves. Her leadership has been instrumental in positioning MVCAA to continue to be a leader in the fight against poverty for many years to come,” he said. “Although Pam will be missed, due to her leadership we have an experienced leadership team and staff that will continue to pursue MVCAA’s mission to end poverty.
Commenting on her retirement, LaFrenz said, “It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with the staff and board of MVCAA. Although I look forward to my retirement, I will miss the interactions with people that I have had the opportunity to work with as part of my career with the Agency.”
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage communities and focus resources to end poverty. The Agency serves residents in Carroll, Chariton, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Saline County. MVCAA offers programs for energy assistance, family support and development, early childhood education, home weatherization, and rental assistance.