Children in Crisis, Inc. Elects New President and Board Members

Children In Crisis, Inc., (CIC), recently elected a new President and Vice President of the Board of Directors and 6 board members to the Board of Directors; President, Loyal Weaver, Vice President Don Litke and board members Les Chambers, John Frierson, Mary Herndon, Marni Roake, Hu Ross and John Wesley.

Board Members include: Loyal Weaver, President, Don Litke, Vice-President, Kitty Johnson, Secretary, Kathleen Aronson, Treasurer, Mack Gay, Past President, Ken Hair, Executive Director, Sheila Campbell, Les Chambers, JoAnne Connell, Sharilyn Darnell, Don David, Bill Frey, John Frierson, Mack Gay, Betty Hefner, Janice Henderson, Mary Herndon, Walt Maine, Catherine Michas, Ph.D., Marni Roake, Hu Ross, George Russell, Crawford Sandefur, Ferrol Spence, Dennis Wallace, John Wesley (Honorary Board) Carlene Anderson, James Campbell, Pat Franklin, Ann Hood, Christina Ruckel, Ray Sansom, Alexis Tibbetts (Advisory Board) Annette Lee, Gene Ryan.

Ken Hair, Executive Director, CIC, commented, “This is a wonderful group of dedicated community leaders working hard to find a solution to the severe shortage of foster homes in Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties. I look forward to working with them in the future and know with their help and the great support of our community, CIC will continue to be successful.”

In 2008, CIC opened the first two homes in the Children’s Neighborhood located in Ft. Walton Beach; the Susanna Wesley House emergency shelter and Blessings House foster home. Since then, CIC has built the Dugas Family Foundation Neighborhood Center, Aunt Bill’s Playground with the Charles D. Rigdon Pavilion, and the Kid’s Clubhouse Recreation Center. Sue Sue’s House, a foster home, and Opportunity Home, a transition home for teens, will open this year.

Children in Crisis, Inc. is a local non-profit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization of caring people working together to provide homes and establish hope to the foster children of our community. For more information on CIC and the Children’s Neighborhood, call 864-4242 or visit