Keep Hall Beautiful is saying goodbye to a leader who’s helped raise public awareness and participation for the environmental stewardship organization.
Cindy Reed, who has served as executive director for nearly five years, will leave the organization in August.
Her replacement is expected to be named soon, possibly this week.
Founded in the 1980s, Keep Hall Beautiful aims to educate citizens about protecting the environment and also facilitates litter pickup projects and recycling events. While the nonprofit has been in the community for decades, several members of the executive board noted its profile grew during Reed’s tenure.
Reed is getting married and moving to South Carolina with her husband.
“I’m sorry to be losing her,” said Rick Foote, president of the nonprofit’s board of directors. “She has been a good partner to me.”
Foote praised Reed’s injection of good organization and structure.
For her part, Reed, 46, says she feels good about how she’s leaving the nonprofit.
“I feel like we are a lot stronger organization now,” she said. “We have a lot of involvement from a lot of people and a lot of different groups. I feel like I have succeeded in really growing the organization.”
Foote said Reed helped first improve the group’s reputation by introducing an annual audit from an outside firm, which gave the organization “more credibility with oversight of the funds.”
Reed has also been responsible for growing the annual Spring Chicken Festival, Foote said, through her organizational skills and ability to bring in more participants.
The Spring Chicken Festival is Keep Hall Beautiful’s signature fundraising event.
“The last two years of the festival have been especially smooth,” Foote said. “She has been a major, major part of that.”
But Reed says she’s learned a lot, too.
Perhaps the biggest lesson, she said, is “that no one can do anything alone.”
“When I first came and I didn’t know as many people, it was so overwhelming,” she said. “But once you had people getting excited about what your organization is doing, then it just exploded.”
Keep Hall Beautiful’s executive board is in the final stages of choosing a replacement.
“It’s going to be hard to replace her, but we’re giving it a try,” Foote said.
Once a director is named, Reed has agreed to stay a few weeks to show the new hire the ropes.
Reed has taken a job with Hulsey Environmental in its South Carolina office.
Hulsey, which is based in Northeast Georgia, recycles restaurant cooking oil into biodiesel.
Reed will be leaving the world of nonprofits, but is sticking to the realm of recycling.
“It’s a totally different thing for me, but I’m excited about moving into a new field and a new realm,” she said.