Amber Scott is the new president and CEO of domestic violence agency Turning Point. Scott was previously with nonprofit IMPACT Community Action of Franklin County in Columbus, where she was the Director of Empowerment Services. (Photo: Turning Point)
A Marion-based nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence has found a new CEO to continue its mission.
According to a news release, Amber Scott is the new president and CEO of Turning Point. She officially filled the position Sept. 1, taking over for Executive Director Paula Roller, who retired after 26 years of service. However, Scott has been on the job since late July, working with Roller and the Turning Point leadership team to transition into her new role.
Scott was previously with nonprofit IMPACT Community Action of Franklin County in Columbus, where she was the Director of Empowerment Services. Her role included leading large teams that worked with individuals to gain employment and establish housing as part of a comprehensive case management plan.
Turning Point hired Scott after an extensive search with more than 100 candidates.
“This decision was extremely difficult, due to the amazing quality of the finalists for the position,” said Board Chairman and Executive Search Committee Leader Chris King in the release. “Amber rose to the top because she literally checked every box for what we felt the organization needed to have in its next leader.”
Founded in 1979, Turning Point helps victims of domestic violence and their families in Marion, Crawford, Delaware, Morrow, Union and Wyandot counties. Services include shelter, food, transportation, and individual and group education and support. The agency has shelters in Marion and Delaware.
In her new role, Scott plans to strengthen existing community relationships, while cultivating new connections in order to provide the most comprehensive support to those escaping domestic violence situations. The new CEO has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a minor in pre-legal studies. She also obtained a master’s degree in adult education and curriculum design. Scott is currently enrolled in a school of education PhD program.
“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,” Roller said.
Scott could not be reached for additional comment for this article.
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