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PEARLS Board appoints Gerry Howze as Executive Director
MILWAUKEE — PEARLS for Teen Girls, a non-profit leadership development organization serving at-risk girls, ages 10 to 19 in Milwaukee, announced the unanimous selection of Gerry Howze as its next Executive Director. Currently serving as Director of Program Services, Howze will become the third leader of the organization since its founding in 1993. She brings to the position over 20 years of experience in Milwaukee youth and urban development work, including 12 years with PEARLS in programming.
“In her time as Director of Program Services, Gerry has developed our tremendously effective programs for the girls in our community, and we’re so proud of the results achieved under her leadership,” said Vinita Paul, Chairman of PEARLS Board of Directors. “In this role as Executive Director, Gerry will continue to drive PEARLS impact on our community, carrying forward the critical vision set forth by our two previous leaders, founder Colleen Fitzgerald and former Executive Director and CEO Danae Davis. We’re very excited and confident about Gerry’s experience, commitment and passion to prepare our community girls for a positive future,” said Paul.
Howze holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from Springfield College, and has been a recipient of the national Humanics award for her personal and professional achievements.
Howze succeeds former CEO Danae Davis, who served as Executive Director and CEO for PEARLS from 2006 until April 2015. Davis now serves as Executive Director for Milwaukee Succeeds, the broad-based community partnership that aims to improve educational outcomes for Milwaukee children.