Sarah Black’s passion is “to prevent and eliminate child abuse”. She has worked to that end in her role transitioning the Exchange Club Center for Prevention of Child Abuse of North Carolina into The Exchange Club’s Family Center of the Central Piedmont, a nonprofit responsible for nine different treatment and prevention programs. Before the transition to the nonprofit, Sarah was the County Director. She now serves as the Executive Director of the agency and brings an indefatigable energy to her work, constantly on the lookout for new approaches to the work and for grants to fund their programs. She inspires loyalty and dedication in people, in fact a program participant was inspired to become a board member to help support the work of the agency. Sarah attributes her success in life to learning to overcome the challenges life places in front of her. Through her experiences she models resiliency to staff and people participating in their programs.
Sarah has honed her leadership skills throughout her career focusing on the mental and emotional health of children and their families in Easter Seals, UCP, Family-Based Strategies, Parents & Children Together in Hawaii and working as a program supervisor in home-based prevention services to at-risk populations.
Even her volunteer work has provided conflict transformation and strategic visioning services to churches within the NC conference of the United Methodist Church. Since 2015, she has also provided coaching, counseling, and concrete support to fathers in prison through Orange United Methodist Church –Fabulous Fathers and Forgiven Ministries Prison Ministry.
As a Founder’s Award Nominee of the Women’s Resource Center in Alamance County, she would tell her high school or college self: “fear not, have courage, learn to confront fear, see the challenges as opportunities and move forward in courage despite negativity.”
Sarah Black is courageously Leading the Way in Alamance County improving the lives of at-risk children and their families.