After a series of interviews last week with county officials and the Bryan County Family Connection executive board, Wendy Sims has been named the new BCFC Coordinator.
The position was vacated recently when former coordinator Tara Jennings left to pursue a job as vice president of allocations for the Coastal Empire branch of United Way. Since then, Sims has served as interim coordinator. Her first day as coordinator was Monday.
"We’re excited about having Wendy fill this very important role," BCFC Chairman and BCSO Capt. Mike Maxwell said. "We are very confident that we picked the best person for the job. I know she will do an excellent job in moving our collaborative forward."
Sims has been running the BCFC juvenile diversion program since it began, and Bryan County Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed said the leaps and bounds Sims made with that program was weighed heavily as a decision for the new coordinator was being made.
"I think Wendy will do an excellent job," Burnsed said. "She has worked with Tara long enough to see what needs to be done to be effective in this role. Tara staying on in a voluntary manner should certainly help make this a smooth transition as well."
Sims said she is up to the task and is prepared to take on the new endeavor.
"I’m excited to now be able to move forward with all our objectives," Sims said.
"We’ve kind of been in limbo while I was in the interim role and now we can take it to the next level," she added.
Among the projects on the table for BCFC are the seasonal Bryan County Children’s Fund, aimed to help Bryan County kids in need during Christmas, and the Drug-Free Coalition, which will have an answer next month as to whether they have been approved for a $625,000 grant.