New faces on SDC Board

Dr. Demond Means (left) and Dr. Gary Williams are sworn in as new SDC Commissioners before the October SDC Board meeting.

The Board of Commissioners for the Social Development Commission (SDC) has a pair of new faces on it.

Two new members of the 18-person Board were sworn in prior to the October Board meeting.

Dr. Gary Williams was sworn in as the new Board representative for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee while Dr. Demond Means was formally added as the SDC District One Board rep.

The two have joined the body that draws up and helps implement policy at the anti-poverty agency.

It was also announced that SDC District 3will hold a Special Election on November 15th to replace the previous representative who stepped down recently to run for public office.

Board Chair Gerard Randall reported during the meeting to fellow Board members that a pair of task forces will be formed in the near future.

They will examine Youth Service and Health issues and the possible role that the SDC Board can play in advocating and providing service in those areas.

He said the goal will be to have recommendations from those task forces by spring for the full Board to consider.

Interim SDC CEO George Hinton was introduced to the Board during the meeting as well.

He reported that he has been visiting agency programs and staff in order to learn about and assess them.

He noted that efforts to better manage agency resources have begun.

As part of those efforts, he said that Residential Services staff will be moving from their current building at 25th and Clybourn Street to the SDC Richards Street facility by the end of 2013.

He added that a Human Resources Director is expected to be in place within the next several weeks at the agency.

The Board warmly welcomed the new leader of the agency.

Mr. Hinton comes to SDC with a management background in the health field, having served as President of the Aurora Sinai Medical Center.

He thanked the SDC Board for the opportunity to bring his experience and energy to the agency.