The Children’s Volunteer Health Network announces new Executive Director

Children’s Volunteer Health Network, a local nonprofit organization devoted to providing Okaloosa and Walton County children access to free healthcare services, is thrilled to announce Brian Lowe as the new Executive Director.

Lowe, who comes to the Emerald Coast from Boone, North Carolina, has served as the Executive Director of Hope Pregnancy Center for 13 years. There, he overhauled the organization to better serve clients, launching a successful rebranding campaign that allowed the center to grow and expand a variety of programs. He also created a fund development plan, which resulted in a 100 percent increase in income for the organization and led to a debt-free purchase of a new facility project.

“Hope Pregnancy Center was a tremendously successful experience,” Lowe said. “CVHN affords me the opportunity to lead a well-known organization into the future. I am grateful to the staff and Board of Directors for their trust and confidence. Going forward, CVHN will be committed to maximizing program capacity and effectiveness, best practices for nonprofits, and greater organizational sustainability.”

For the past six months, CVHN operated under the direction of its board of directors and Interim Executive Director, Kurtis Wolff, while continuing to supply the children of Walton and Okaloosa counties with access to free medical, dental and vision services.

Encouraged by Lowe’s extensive background, the CVHN board members said they’re looking forward to seeing him further the nonprofit’s impact in the community, expressing that CVHN’s future is looking bright.

“We are beyond excited to have Brian [Lowe] as CVHN’s new Executive Director,” said Sarah Svoboda, CVHN Board Chair. “Brian’s industry experience and talents are instrumental for CVHN’s growth.  The future of CVHN is looking amazing!”

To properly introduce Lowe to the community, CVHN is hosting an open house on August 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at its location at 82 Lynn Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.

The open house is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come meet Lowe and give him a warm welcome to the area and organization. There will be wine, light bites, and the opportunity to learn more about CVHN and the work it does in Walton and Okaloosa Counties.

For more information about Children’s Volunteer Health Network and its mission, please visit www.cvhnkids.org.

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ABOUT CHILDREN’S VOLUNTEER HEALTH NETWORK, INC. (CVHN), is a faith-based 501(c)(3) organization, established in 2005 in response to Walton and Okaloosa County’s large population of low-income families unable to access high-quality health services due to the unavailability (or inadequacy) of insurance. The mission of CVHN is to improve the health and well-being of children in need. CVHN strives towards this mission by utilizing a network of over 95 local, volunteer physicians, dentists and other healthcare providers. CVHN also operates the ‘Just for Grins’ Mobile Dental Clinic, which visits local elementary schools and other non-profits, and the CVHN Dental Clinic in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. All services are free to children enrolled in Walton and Okaloosa county schools on the free or reduced lunch programs. CVHN has facilitated more than 75,000 free procedures since its inception. More than 17,000 children have been helped, resulting in over 5.5 million dollars in free health services provided to our community. CVHN spends 94 cents of every dollar on its programs. The vision of CVHN is for all God’s children to be healthy, happy and see their futures as limitless. Until that day, there is more work to be done. For more information, call 850-622-3200 or visit www.cvhnkids.org.

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