Last updated: May 05. 2014 11:33PM - 1479 Views
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After more than 30 years with Volunteers of America, CEO Alan Garner is retiring from the organization’s Pennsylvania branch.

He began his career with the national nonprofit organization in New Orleans, Louisiana, and relocated to take the helm of its Harrisburg operations in 1995. Garner lived, for a time, in Luzerne County. He served the region taking positions on the Leadership Wilkes-Barre board and on Mercy Hospital in Scranton’s pastoral outreach committee.

Melissa Vayda is to replace Garner. Vayda had worked as commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and was chief academic officer and interim president of Central Penn College near Harrisburg.

Volunteers of America provides human services including help for the elderly and disabled, families in crisis and at risk or abused children and teens. The organization has offices in Wilkes-Barre and operates a thrift store along South Main Street.

In a Volunteers of America news release, the organization heralded Vayda for increasing the student population five-fold and quadrupling revenue.

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