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PACT head honored as she moves to new job

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

Tiki Hubbard helped Parents and Children Together start new programs and raise funds to renovate office space while addressing funding cuts.

Now after nearly 12 years with PACT, including the last five as executive director, she is moving on to continue helping area children through a state agency.

The PACT board honored the Decatur resident for her efforts in addressing the needs of parents and children and helping prevent child abuse in Morgan County during a Thursday evening reception at the home of board member Penny Haddock.

‘Phenomenal’ work

The local agency’s work “is phenomenal,” said Tommy Daniels of Decatur, a two-year board member who presented Hubbard with an engraved silver tray on behalf of the group.

“I’ve never been on a board that is more focused than PACT,” he said. “And while they’ve got a great staff and board, it all starts with Tiki. She will be hard to replace, and I hate to see her go.”

Daniels said that during Hubbard’s tenure as executive director, they worked hard on getting donations and pledges to pay down the renovation cost of new office space. PACT moved into the space above the Decatur/Morgan County Community Free Clinic at the end of 2004.

“Those renovations cost $474,000, and we have commitments to pay off 85 percent of that debt,” said Hubbard. “We did it without entering into a formal capital campaign.”

Hubbard earlier served as PACT’s Healthy Families assessment worker and then Parenting manager. She was named PACT executive director after Debbie Ward moved to Birmingham in 2002.

“I’m excited about all the programs we have done at PACT,” she said, “but I think the FACT (Family Assistance through Community Ties) program through the schools is the one I’m proudest of.”

Hubbard said that program, in place at Austinville, Somerville Road and West Decatur elementary schools, took 57 referrals for other services during the first five days of school this month.

Challenging time

Her most challenging time was during funding cuts, such as when they had to close the Healthy Families program.

“We’ve tried to look at the bigger picture and adjust by offering similar services at less cost,” Hubbard said.

In September, Hubbard will start a new job as regional coordinator for All Kids, the statewide children’s health insurance program that fills a gap for those up to age 19. The program operates under the state Department of Public Health, and she will handle six counties: Morgan, Madison, Limestone, Lawrence, Cullman and Winston.

Susan Roberts, manager of PACT’s parenting program, has been named interim executive director.

Donations can be sent to PACT at P.O. Box 1247, Decatur, AL 35602.

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