The Center for Family Resources CEO Jeri Barr Set to Retire After 35 Years at Helm

When Jeri Barr took the reins of the Center for Family Resources, President Ronald Reagan was running for reelection, Apple had just announced its first Macintosh computer and Dynasty was the no. 1 television program.

After 35 years at the helm, Barr, 74, has announced that she will step down as CEO of the non-profit in December.

Barr joined the Center for Family Resources as chief executive officer in 1984. At the time, the organization employed 11, operating with a $250,000 budget. Today, the center employs 23, serving families vulnerable to homelessness with a budget of nearly $3.7 million.

The organization also owns the Mansour Conference Center, a 60,000-square-foot complex, built in part with $8.5 million raised through a capital campaign launched in 2004. The campaign’s success, raising more capital than any other previous agency servicing women and families, speaks to the community’s trust in the organization and value of its mission. The Conference Center provides meeting space for the public as well as affordable office space to nonprofit tenants with related missions.

A national search for Barr’s replacement will be managed by Secret Holland, director of human resources and community affairs at Gas South. The Center for Family Resources Chair Don Keller said the organization’s leadership hopes to have Barr’s replacement onboard as early as July. Immediate Past Chair, Christal McNair, will lead a transition committee.

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