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Former Greater Midland Community Center Executive Director Kevin Heye has taken on a new leadership role in the non-profit community.

On June 21, Heye became Executive Director of the Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center in Midland.

Heye left Greater Midland in January after serving the organization for over 15 years. He believes his new role is a path forward in his career.

“I’ve always been in the non-profit world,” Heye said. “(Greater Midland) is embarking on a new adventure with their new facility, and I knew it was time for a change.”

Safe and Sound Child Advocacy Center serves citizens of Midland and surrounding counties with multiple child safety programs. These programs include, but are not limited to, forensic interviewing, coordination of child abuse investigations, a car seat safety program, child abuse prevention and a safe sleep initiative. 

Knowing that he wanted to continue to work in the non-profit sector, Heye was excited when he saw an opening at Safe and Sound. After he met with the board, they all agreed he would be a good fit.

“The board is pleased to have Kevin Heye become part of the Safe and Sound Child Advocacy team,” said Gail Sarnowski, Safe and Sound Board President. “We are very excited to see Kevin’s positive energy and passion shine though in serving children throughout the Midland area.”

In his first week, Heye said the transition from a larger non-profit to a more focused organization has presented its own challenges, but has not deterred his excitement.

Part of his enthusiasm in his new role comes from a personal interest in child and family safety.

“It’s all about kids. It’s all about community,” he said. “These both have always been very important to me and my career for the last 25 years since I started in non-profit.”

Heye lives in Midland with his wife, Jeanenne, and their children, Gloria, Andrew, and Jacob. He serves on the boards of Midland County ESA and Education and Training Connection.

In addition, he is an active member of the Midland Area River Days Committee, Access to Recreation Committee, Leadership Midland Committee, Wellness Coalition, and Midland Morning Rotary.

“I am excited for this new opportunity to serve the community and help protect the wellbeing of all kids,” Heye said. “I look forward to working with this amazing team of staff, volunteers, board members, and community supporters. I feel blessed to be able to be part of such an important organization.”

Before moving to Midland, Heye worked for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, which is where he began his non-profit career as a volunteer. Through volunteering, Heye gained a heart for charitable work.

He feels ready for this new challenge and feels his experience and strong connection with the community will help Safe and Sound continue to grow and reach new heights.

“I wake up every day knowing that I’m serving with a purpose,” Heye said.


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