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On September 1st, a new leader was positioned at the helm of Turning Point. After twenty-six years of service and leadership, Executive Director Paula Roller, announced her retirement and handed the reigns of the domestic violence agency over to Amber Scott, who has been assigned the new title of President and CEO.

After an extensive search, of over 100 candidates, the Turning Point Board of Directors concluded that Amber would be the perfect leader to further Turning Point’s mission. Chris King, board chairman and executive search committee leader, expressed his thoughts on the hire, stating “This decision was extremely difficult, due to the amazing quality of the finalists for the position. Amber rose to the top because she literally checked every box for what we felt the organization needed to have in its next leader.”

Amber comes to Turning Point from IMPACT Community Action of Franklin County, where she was the Director of Empowerment Services. Her most recent role included leading large teams that worked with individuals to gain employment and establish housing as part of a comprehensive case management plan.

Amber’s first official day on the job came in late July and she worked with Paula Roller, and the Turning Point leadership team, to transition into her new role and come up to speed with the agency. Roller, who delayed her own retirement for several years in order to build a new domestic violence shelter in Delaware County, stated “Amber is a great addition to the Turning Point family, and her leadership will ensure that the agency continues to meet the future challenges our families and communities will face in combating domestic violence.”

Amber possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Pre-legal studies, and obtained a Master’s degree in the area of Adult Education and Curriculum Design. She is currently enrolled in a School of Education PhD program. Amber intends to use her vast array of training and experiences to enhance the services, provided to the community by Turning Point. She also hopes to strengthen existing community relationships, while cultivating new connections in order to provide the most comprehensive support to those escaping domestic violence situations. Amber brings her passion and integrity to the cause and will utilize all means available to increase awareness to the issue of domestic violence.

Turning Point would like to offer a very special thank you to Cardinal Health, who volunteered their assistance with the executive search. Says King, “We are forever grateful to Wes Reed, Senior Executive Recruiter at Cardinal Health, for his time and talents. Wes was the consummate professional. Without his services, I don’t know how we could have navigated through that many applicants, to find a shining star, like Amber Scott.”

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