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Boyles Named President and CEO of Joint Initiatives


Colorado Springs, CO—Today (January 25, 2021) the Board of Directors of Joint Initiatives for Youth and Families, commonly referred to as Joint Initiatives or JI, announced that SherryLynn Boyles was named the official President and CEO effective immediately. Ms. Boyles has been serving as Interim President and CEO since July 2019.

“SherryLynn has led JI through a significant reorganization, expanded JI’s funding streams, and has successfully overseen operations through this pandemic,” said Noreen Landis-Tyson, JI’s Board Chair. “We are excited that she will continue with JI and know that she will be a catalyst for greater community coordination and shared impact as our official President and CEO.”

Prior to leading Joint Initiatives, Ms. Boyles served as the CEO of TESSA, the area’s domestic and sexual violence center. Ms. Boyles relocated from Washington, DC in December 2015 to take on the role. Her experience also includes leading the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault as Executive Director and providing consulting services to a variety of nonprofits for many years, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Ms. Boyles, a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, is a Board-certified attorney in Texas.

“Joint Initiatives has maintained a fairly low profile in the community but has served critical functions since its formation in 1989,” Ms. Boyles said. “The organization brings together the systems that serve our area’s young people—such as school districts, social services, and the juvenile justice system—to close gaps, save money, and most importantly provide individual services that help our youth succeed.”

Joint Initiatives directs two major programs. The Early Childhood Program houses Alliance for Kids, El Paso County’s Early Childhood Council, and works to increase the quality and access of early childhood services, with attention on early education and care, family supports, and children’s well-being.

The second program is the Pathways Program, which provides struggling young people with a team of professionals who “wrap around” them to develop plans specific to their and their families’ needs.  The young people in the Pathways Program are typically referred from the juvenile justice system or identified by other organizations as needing wraparound services.

“The records of achievement for these two programs are extraordinary,” Ms. Boyles continued. “We want to keep expanding what is already transforming lives as well as create even more collaboration so fewer families and their children fall through the cracks.”

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