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New executive director for The Haven announced

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MATTOON — The Haven Board of Directors has hired a new executive director after a month-long search.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to take the skills I have acquired through my education and work and apply them to this position," Charleston native Chris Davis, who assumed the responsibilities as the new executive director on Tuesday, said in a news release. 

Davis received his bachelor's degree in studio art at Greenville College with a minor in philosophy and theology. The release states he also earned a master's degree from Eastern Illinois University. His work career has been in management, including restaurant, retail and property, according to the release.

“The board is excited to have someone with Chris’ level of education, his proven management experience and life-long ties to Coles County," Board President Brent Holmes noted. "Most importantly, Chris shares our passion for the mission of The Haven, which is to provide our guests with a hand up and to help them achieve their goal of becoming self-sufficient.”

Davis replaces Michael Stopka, who served in the position for four years before stepping down in May to become chief executive officer of the Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging.

The Haven moved into its new building in January, and after which started offering 24-hour services. The Mattoon nonprofit provides emergency short-term shelter for men, women and families. In addition, it operates a community kitchen for the hungry.


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Jarad Jarmon is a reporter for the JG-TC. He covers the city of Charleston, Eastern Illinois University, Mattoon schools and the Regional Office of Education.

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