DISMAS, INC. NAMES GERALD BROWN NEW CEO
Veteran non-profit leader joins re-entry program Dismas House of Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn., – January 20, 2016 – Dismas, Inc., a 501(c)(3) transitional residential re-entry program, has selected non-profit leader Gerald Brown as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Brown brings more than ten years of non-profit management, development and financial management experience to Dismas. Brown will lead the organization’s strategic planning and oversee all fundraising and marketing initiatives.
Most recently, Brown served as executive director of development for The Nashville Salvation Army managing a budget of $7 million dollars. Prior to that role, he served for nine years as chief development officer for the Boy Scouts of America Middle Tennessee Council, generating revenue to fund all programs within 37 counties.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Gerald to the Dismas family,” says Patrick Theobald, president, board of directors of Dismas, Inc. “His combination of non-profit leadership and depth of development expertise will propel the organization to the next level of growth.”
Brown holds a bachelor of business degree in management and marketing from Middle Tennessee State University. While at MTSU, he played collegiate football and later transferred his skills from the field to a summer youth ministry in Antioch, Tenn. The camp taught high school aged boys the fundamentals of teamwork, leadership and attitude. Brown has been an active member of several civic organizations including Lebanon and Hermitage Rotary Clubs, Williamson County Chamber of Commerce, Young Nonprofit Professionals and currently serves as president-elect for Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
“I am truly honored to serve the Middle Tennessee community as CEO of Dismas, Inc.,” says Gerald Brown, CEO of Dismas, Inc. “I hope to galvanize the community, enrich the lives of our residents and raise awareness about the work Dismas does in the community. I look forward to the opportunity and the privilege of supporting people in their greatest time of need.”
Programs under the Dismas, Inc., umbrella in Nashville and South Bend, Ind., provide a temporary home and support services for citizens returning to mainstream society from prisons and jails. Since its founding, Dismas House of Nashville has served more than 1,000 former offenders. Nationally, almost 70 percent of former inmates are rearrested within three years and 50 percent return to prison. Since 2012, only 19 percent of former offenders who completed the Dismas program have returned to prison.
About Dismas, Inc.
Founded in 1974 by the late Father Jack Hickey, a Vanderbilt University chaplain, Dismas, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides transitional housing and support services to men and women coming out of prisons and jails. Dismas is a temporary home providing not only room and board but also life skills mentoring, mental health assessments, counseling and educational programming—all critical services to help former offenders make a successful transition back into the community. Dismas, Inc. operates two residential programs, Dismas House of Nashville and Dismas House of South Bend in Indiana. Learn more at dismas.org.
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