Long-time Center for Prevention of Abuse Employee Named New Associate Executive Director

Adult Protective Services Director Joyce DeRenzy Promoted to New Leadership Role

Center for Prevention of Abuse Executive Director Carol Merna is pleased to announce long-time employee Joyce DeRenzy has been named The Center’s new Associate Executive Director. Joyce recently celebrated her 20th anniversary at The Center and has served in many different capacities during that time, including most recently as the Director of the Adult Protective Services Department, Long-term Care Ombudman Program and Family Violence Intervention Project.

"Joyce has been instrumental in the growth of services at The Center for Prevention of Abuse," said Carol Merna, Executive Director.  "Joyce's capacity for client care, her outstanding management capabilities and her strong and effective advocacy have made her the right person to take on this key leadership position."

Joyce has served as interim Associate Executive Director since the departure of Kevin Nowlan in mid-July. In addition to her new role overseeing the day-to-day operations of The Center, she will continue to supervise the Long-Term Care Ombudsmen and Family Violence Intervention Project in East Peoria.

“I am honored and humbled to accept the position as Associate Executive Director at the Center for Prevention of Abuse,” said Joyce DeRenzy.  "I came to the Center 20 years ago and my heart has been here from day one. I look forward to the next chapter of my career serving the Center and our clients.  The family philosophy of this organization reinforces all we do, and it’s a pleasure to work with such caring individuals.” 

Joyce has been a resident of Peoria for over two decades and looks forward to working in her new position to fulfill The Center’s mission to help all people live free from violence and abuse.  


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