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Alexander named new Girls Inc. director

Sherrell Alexander has been named the new head of Girls, Inc.

Sherrell Alexander has been named the new head of Girls, Inc.

ALBANY, Ga.: The board of an Albany nonprofit aimed at helping young women has named a former ALBANY-- The board of an Albany nonprofit aimed at helping young women has named a former Albany State University employee and former school board candidate as its director.

Sherrell Alexander will assume responsibilities over Girls Inc. on Oct. 29. Alexander, formerly Sherrell Byrd, is an Albany native, graduate of Westover High School and Georgia State University.

Alexander most recently held positions in marketing and fundraising at Chehaw and Albany State University.

"We are confident in Sherrell's ability to take Girls Inc. of Albany to a new level and excited to have on board someone who is dedicated to empowering girls to reach their potential," Barbara Rivera Holmes, president of the Girls Inc. Board of Trustees, said in a news release Friday. "Our organization is known throughout the community, region and the Girls Inc. network as one that is fiscally responsible and whose solid, data-backed programming molds girls to be strong, smart and bold. Sherrell will continue to tell and strengthen that story."

Alexander will replace Lakisha Bryant, who left the organization to become director of the United Way of Southwest Georgia.

"I am both humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to serve as the executive director of Girls Inc. of Albany, and I am thrilled to take Girls Inc. to new heights," Alexander said. "The Board of Trustees, Girls Inc. staff and, most importantly, the members of Girls Inc. have warmly welcomed me into the family."

Girls Inc. of Albany has a 100 percent high school graduation rate, with many members going on to post-secondary education institutions. The girl-centric organization is a leader in teen pregnancy prevention, as well as underage drinking and drug abuse prevention. Most recently, Girls Inc. of Albany was honored as a White House Champion of Change for its work in substance abuse prevention. Girls Inc. of Albany is the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Nonprofit of the Year.

Bryant posted news about the announcement on Facebook.

"I couldn't be happier with her as the new leading lady!" Bryant wrote.