For four and a half years, Ann Ebbert has been serving as a leader at Cherry Street. The organization has announced that Ebbert will take over the role of CEO/President officially. During the past several months, Ebbert has been fulfilling the duties and tasks needed for the organization and has been providing leadership to staff. In this time, services have gone on without interruption and the organization has faced the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ann’s agreement to be the CEO brings peace to me and the other board members. I know God is in these plans and timing. Ann has demonstrated her ability to lead over the past 18 months during transition and I am confident in her leadership skills. Furthermore, we have much confidence in the team she has assembled”, said Don Smucker, Board President.
Josh Rochon, board vice president shared his pleasure as well by saying, “The board and Ann share the same vision of the mission. As Cherry Street explores innovative ways to address poverty, we believe Ann brings the perfect mix of vision, strategy and execution for the next chapter of our mission’s history.”
Ebbert brings decades of experience to Cherry Street from the secular world, church leadership and strong ministry skills. Her appointment is a clear reflection of the organization’s philosophy: ready to deeply engage the community, providing greater access to services and innovating ways to work in the lives of others. Ebbert has been with Cherry Street since 2015 and has a rich background in ministry.
Having worked in ministry and the health care industry, Ann brings a foundation of logistics, running a 24/365 care facility, business operations, administration, organizational structure, developing leadership in others and purposeful discipleship. Her experience in the health care industry has set her up well to work at Cherry Street. Transitioning clients into a stable life are very similar processes.
Ann is originally from Bryan, OH and has lived in the region all her adult life. She is married to Scott Ebbert for the past 31 years. Together they are dog parents to Montie, a terrier. Scott and Ann like to be outdoors, hiking, fly fishing, kayaking or gardening. Ann always has a book she is reading and likes a diverse variety of book topics.
For 70+ years, Cherry Street has kept their doors open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year- to provide the basic needs to those living in poverty and life transformative opportunities. Cherry Street is fulfilling the promise to provide transformative opportunities. The organization provides basic needs, housing solutions, and opportunities for transformation and redemption through plan development, work force development and continuum of care.