– Press Release
The Flat Rock Homes board of directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Karen Kilgo as President/Chief Executive Officer of Flat Rock Homes, Care Center and Community Services effective June 1, 2016.
Kilgo brings to Flat Rock 23 years of executive management experience, including 17 years working in mission-driven non-profit agencies in Atlanta, Georgia. She most recently served as chief human capital officer at Atlanta Mission, which provides emergency and temporary shelter, recovery programming, job attainment, and transitional housing for more than 1,000 men, women and children daily.
Kilgo has managed multi-million dollar budgets and led large staffs of employees and volunteers. She was the founder and chief executive officer of Karen Kilgo and Assoiciates, and spent 13 years leading Christian City. The non-profit ministry in Union City, Georgia includes group homes, foster care programs, and transitional living for children, as well as behavioral/mental health counseling, skilled nursing, and assisted/senior living communities.
“We believe that Karen’s experience in corporate environments and entrepreneurial start-ups, coupled with experience in children’s homes, healthcare and family service ministries, has uniquely prepared her for this position,” said the Rev. Gary Olin, chairperson of the Flat Rock Homes board of directors.
“Karen says she feels called to lead Flat Rock in its mission of love and hope as an opportunity to bring together her professional skills and her own faith commitment,” Olin said. “She looks forward to living in Ohio, and getting involved in a United Methodist Church in the East Ohio Conference.”
Kilgo is currently active in the lay leadership of McDonough First United Methodist Church in Georgia, where she teaches Sunday school and serves on various boards and committees.
Certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, Kilgo also has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional. She earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Sociology from Berry College and a Master of Science in Human Resources Development from Georgia State University.
Kilgo will succeed the Rev. Nancy Hull, who will retire at the end of June after guiding Flat Rock Homes for the past 17 years.
“The board is extremely thankful for Nancy’s exemplary ministry lived out in service to Flat Rock. She led Flat Rock into the future through building projects, expanding of programs, and the achievement of excellent ratings in our field,” Olin said. “Under her leadership Flat Rock has grown in reputation as being one of the finest in the work that we do.”
During a ceremony on April 24 to celebrate Hull’s ministry, the board renamed the Flat Rock Family Life Center as The Rev. Nancy Hull Life Center, and announced that $8,800 has been raised to-date for the Campaign for the Future of Flat Rock.
“The Board is extremely grateful for the continued faithful work of Flat Rock staff in this time of transition,” Olin said. “We are committed to providing the necessary oversight to ensure that Flat Rock continues to provide outstanding services which transform the lives of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and persons with critical needs through a dedication to caring and excellence that demonstrates Christian values.”