The InterServ Board of Directors has announced that Bridget J. Supple of St. Joseph will be the social service agency’s next executive director.

Since the age of 15, Supple has been involved in the faith-based organization, and in October, she will become its leader. She will replace David Howery, who is retiring from the agency after 20 years as executive director.

“I started off as a volunteer here when I was 15 in the child care center on Messanie Street, and it’s kind of interesting to come back now as an employee 30 years later,” Supple said. “And now to have the lead position is really interesting. It’s daunting and humbling.”

Supple has worked in leadership with InterServ for more than a decade, becoming the executive director of the InterServ Foundation in 2008. During that time, she helped lead a $5 million capital campaign to build a new InterServ Community Center at 5400 King Hill Ave.

According to Ken Newton, president of InterServ’s board of directors and a senior reporter and columnist for NewsPress NOW, this management of the capital campaign and other projects is partly why Supple was selected for the position.

“Bridget has the vision and the heart to lead InterServ,” Newton said. “Social service work requires efficient management, a good funding base and mission-driven outlook. The board believes Bridget has the right qualities to take the organization forward.”

Supple said she would like to focus more on building up the youth programs that InterServ has to offer when she officially steps into her new position.

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