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Children and Family center names development director

Paula Roberts Paula Roberts

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The Children and Family Resource Center has hired Paula Roberts as its new director of development.

Most recently Roberts served as the Director of Special Events for Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville. Prior to this, she was the advertising director for the Hendersonville Lightning. Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in sales and customer relationships as well as event planning.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join the marvelous team at Children and Family Resource Center,” Roberts said in a news release. "I strongly believe that high quality early education leads to more positive outcomes in youth and adults. I’m fortunate to have chosen a career path that allows me to raise funds for a non-profit that shares these same beliefs.”

Executive Director Elisha Freeman said: “We are thrilled to welcome Paula to our family. Paula has stepped into an important role for the Children & Family Resource Center and her work will directly impact our ability to fulfill our mission in Henderson County. Paula’s involvement with us as a volunteer over many years demonstrates her passion for the work we do and makes bringing her onto our team something we are excited about.”

A native of Brevard, Roberts moved to Henderson County during her elementary school years and graduated from West Henderson High School. She attended UNC-Asheville and Blue Ridge Community College. She also serves on the non-profit boards of Thrive and the NC Apple Festival.

Children and Family Resource Center is at non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children through parent education, quality childcare resources and leadership on children’s issues throughout the community. The center was created in 1998 as a result of a Children’s Initiative of the Community Foundation of Henderson County, which addressed the barriers that were preventing or impeding families from accessing local services. High priority was given to consolidating services, promotion communication and collaboration, and simplifying access to children’s services. Children and Family Resource Center merged three separate non-profit agencies, adopted the best practices of the agencies and began operation in 1999 as a stronger, more efficient agency.

For additional information, contact Elisha Freeman, Executive Director, Children and Family Resource Center, at 828-698-0674 or by email,