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Senior Resource Alliance Starts Search for New President/CEO

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Senior Advocate, Changemaker Karla Radka Steps Down as She Embarks on Career with National Nonprofit

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 6, 2022) With more than two decades dedicated to creating change via public service, and most recently, three years as President and CEO of Senior Resource Alliance (SRA), Karla Radka recently announced that she will step down from her role with Central Florida’s Area Agency on Aging. As a result, the nonprofit has started its search for its next leader.

Throughout her career, Radka has advocated for greater access to resources and life-changing services for some of the community’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Prior to her role at SRA, Radka was the COO at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida and VP of Community Impact and Leadership Development at Embrace Families (formerly Community Based Care). She is also the founding director of a national award-winning program, Public Allies of Central Florida, and co-founder of Hope Now International.

Scott Cook, Rollins
Photos: Scott Cook, Rollins College., SRC1059 Karla Radka

Under Radka’s leadership, SRA and its partner agencies reached the following key milestones, among others:

  • Delivered more than 1 million meals to seniors in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Received a grant to purchase a bloodhound for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to help locate missing seniors in SRA’s four-county service area.
  • Distributed more than $870,000 of federal funds through the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program to help seniors experiencing an energy crisis.
  • Transitioned to an entirely digital paperwork system for clients, allowing for greater efficiency in supporting Central Florida seniors.

SRA’s Board of Directors is working with a national search firm to identify candidates to replace Radka. Interested candidates should visit the Careers section of SeniorResourceAlliance.org for more information.

“We are grateful for Karla’s leadership and passion over the past three years, and know she will continue to inspire and serve in her upcoming role,” said Robert Matschner, Senior Resource Alliance Board Chair. “She has encouraged and developed a strong team at the SRA, and we are proud of the accomplishments that have been made and the impact that the SRA with its partner agencies will continue to make in the lives of our seniors.”

Radka will continue her life’s work helping those most in need through her upcoming role with a national nonprofit.

“Without the support of community partners and our partner agencies during my time at Senior Resource Alliance, much of our work wouldn’t have been possible,” said Radka. “I am eternally grateful for what we were able to accomplish together, and I look forward to bringing that spirit of collaboration into the next phase of my career as I continue to pursue my passion of helping those in need.”

SRA is the Area Agency on Aging of Central Florida, which covers Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. SRA works in partnership with nine partner agencies, including the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, Aging Matters in Brevard, Brevard Alzheimer’s Association, Informed Families, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Etc., Seniors First, Share the Care and Osceola Council on Aging. For more information about SRA, visit www.SeniorResourceAlliance.org. 

About Senior Resource Alliance

Serving the community since 1995, The Senior Resource Alliance (SRA) is the Area Agency on Aging of Central Florida, which covers Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. SRA works in partnership with nine partner agencies, including the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, Aging Matters in Brevard, Brevard Alzheimer’s Association, Informed Families, Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Etc., Seniors First, Share the Care and Osceola Council on Aging. The agency is the local resource for accessing the many services and programs of the state and federal government available to senior citizens, their caregivers and family members. SRA is also an objective clearinghouse for information and services offered by local, state and national organizations. For more information, visit SeniorResourceAlliance.org.


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Meaghan Branham

Meaghan Branham is the managing editor for i4 Business, where she oversees the company’s digital media strategy, handles client relationship marketing for the print and digital magazines, and serves as one of the publication’s lead writers. A native of Brevard County, she splits her time between Central Florida and Nashville, Tennessee.

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