MUSCATINE, Iowa–July 1 marked a turning point for Vision 2020. Cheryl Plank started as CEO of Vision 20/20 in
November 2019 and quickly began working with Vision 20/20’s members, the Muscatine Welfare Association, Muscatine Center for Social Action, Senior Resources, and Crossroads. Plank came to further the mission of helping, “to provide leadership and resources to assure that human service organizations in the Muscatine area meet the needs of the community.”
Through the development of Vision 20/20, two of the four organizations had interim executive directors. During a time of transition, Joni Axel stepped as interim executive director for Senior Resources and worked closely with Pete DeGabriele, interim operations director, to ensure services continued to support seniors in Muscatine. The same held true for Jim Hayes, who served as interim executive director for Crossroads for just over two year. While Axel retired from her position in January, DeGabriele and Hayes both retired June 30.
Following these departures, Vision 20/20 decided that Plank would become the CEO for three of the four agencies July 1 and will continue to provide the same consulting services with MCSA.
Vision 20/20 works to serve as a catalyst to bring human services together to assure mission driven sustainability. They have started working on many partnering collaborative efforts, including some service components as well as housing and maintenance opportunities and, Axel, DeGabriele, and Hayes played a huge part in beginning that groundwork.
Although COVID-19 may have slowed down some programming, it has not slowed down the progress of the partnering opportunities. Cheryl stated, “with the great leadership at MCSA, Scott Dahlke and his leadership team; Crossroads and Senior Resources leadership; and Megan Francis, Vision 20/20 Deputy Director, I believe there are great things to come!”
Due to concerns with COVID-19, small retirement celebrations took place for all the interim directors and Vision 20/20 expressed thanks for their leadership. They proved great assets to the organizations and to the partnership.