The board of Riverbend Head Start & Family Service has appointed Kristin Tanzyus, market manager in WorkPlace Banking at PNC Bank in Missouri and Downstate Illinois, as board chairwoman. She replaces outgoing Chairman James Wing of New American Funding of Glen Carbon, who has served as chairman of the board since 2016.

tanzyius kathyTanzyus has been a member of the board since 2011. Since that time, she has served on the Human Resources Committee and has been instrumental in the development of personnel policies and staffing plans. Additionally, Tanzyus worked diligently during the executive search when the board appointed Eugene Howell as president and CEO back in December 2017 and in seeking a finance director.

Over the years, Tanzyus has remained consistent with the culture of the board of directors and as a generous donor. Her support to the agency has been influential. She was recently instrumental in facilitating a site visit from Congressman Mike Bost to help elevate the visibility of the needs of the communities served.

Tanzyus has always been responsive to the agency’s needs and active in setting a vision for the agency through participation in strategic planning. Prior to being named as the chairwoman of the Board in May, she served as vice chairman from 2016 to 2018 and has also served in the role of secretary. Tanzyus also actively serves on various boards and as a community volunteer spanning across the Greater Metropolitan St. Louis area including Edwardsville.

Tanzyus says, “I am excited and honored to chair the Riverbend Head Start board. The mission and focus of the organization has a true impact, not only the children we service but their entire family. The investment spent on our youngest and most in-need citizens can have a long term impact on their future and the future of our communities. I look forward to continuing the Riverbend Head Start legacy as I serve as chairman over the next few years.”

Other officer roles were filled and elected by the board of Directors for the 2018-2019. The board members appointed to new roles include Angela (Braida) Adams, vice chairwoman; Matt Waters, secretary; and Cindy Smalley, treasurer.

New board members that were elected include Tom Haine, attorney at law; Krista Miller from Madison County Urban League; and Jen Weber, Bethalto School District.

“I am very excited to work with our new Executive Committee along with our newest board members as we pursue our mission to empower children and families to develop positive skills to meet life’s challenges. I am so thankful for all of our talented board members for their vision, leadership and guidance ensuring that we are good stewards of the resources we receive,” said Howell, the president and CEO.