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Coalition for the Homeless Names New CEO

Longtime COO Allison Krall Takes Helm


ORLANDO, Fla., May 1, 2020 –  The Board of Directors for Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida announced Allison Krall has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2020. Krall has been serving as the Coalition’s Chief Operating Officer since 2010 and a Senior Vice President since 2017. She will succeed current President and CEO John Hearn, who announced his retirement in October 2019.

 “Allison has successfully offered strategic vision and leadership to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida for two decades,” said Jane Tebbe-Shemelya, Board Chair. “Her experience managing the operations of our organization is unmatched when looking at our qualified applicant pool. We believe she will continue to cultivate and foster a highly engaged environment and guide the Coalition as it seeks to innovate and evolve into the next decade.”

 Krall started with the Coalition in 2000 as a controller charged with the leadership and management of the accounting, human resources, data management/IT and grants administration functions of the organization. Then, in 2010, she was named senior vice president, and was promoted again in 2017 to chief operating officer with responsibilities including case management services, operations, guest services, daycare, and data management, IT and research.

 “Over the last three years, it has been an honor to work alongside Allison,” said Hearn, who joined the Coalition as CEO in 2017. “Recently she was the architect of two significant transitions; the movement to a Housing First model and the response to the current pandemic. Both required the Coalition to revamp virtually every aspect of our operations and it was Allison’s passion, extensive knowledge and leadership that led to our success. Allison has a great view of the future and what the Coalition can be and needs to be for our community.  I am confident the Coalition will thrive under her leadership,” he concluded.

 What began as a church outreach program for homeless men 30 years ago, the Coalition has grown into a full-service agency, providing a variety of transformational programs and services to our community’s most vulnerable men, women, and children. Through the support of compassionate individuals and companies, the Coalition has transformed thousands of lives, provided millions of  nights of shelter and meals.

 “For over three decades, the Coalition for the Homeless has been able to evolve and adapt to the changing needs – and the changing faces – of the homeless in our community,” Krall added. “I am not sure there has been a more challenging time than now, but I am proud of the Coalition for working side by side with local providers and leaders to develop a system of serving our neighbors most in need.”

 The committee conducted a national search with Crawford Thomas Recruiting and selected Krall out of a pool of approximately nineteen qualified candidates. The Coalition’s search committee included: Committee Chair and Board Vice Chair Richard Wahl; Board Chair Jane Tebbe-Shemelya; Board Secretary Kris Gault-Lewis; Board Treasurer Jackie Churchill; Board Past Chair Todd Pittenger; Board Past Chair Fred Kittenger; and Board Member Dr. Falecia Williams.

 About Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida helps families and individuals return to safe, stable, permanent housing as quickly as possible. Each day, the Coalition serves 500 men, women, and children through its residential programs, as well as more than 100 unsheltered individuals through its community initiatives. Last year alone, the Coalition ended homelessness for more than 1,400 people. For more information, visit CentralFloridaHomeless.org.

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