Longtime Riverbank community activist Carla Strong has left her position in banking to take on a new challenge: she was recently named the new Executive Director of Howard Training Center, HTC.
“I start at HTC on Oct. 27 but am attending some meetings and events before then,” said Strong.
Born in Southeast Florida, she moved to Sonora/Jamestown in the early 1980s. She and her late husband, Jerry, moved to Modesto in 1996. Strong has a degree in Elementary Education and is bringing a wide range of experience spanning multiple industries to HTC, including expertise in administration, financial analysis, risk management and human resources
“Carla is a well-respected leader, serving most recently as Customer Service Manager for a local financial institution (WestAmerica Bank) where she managed two branches, one in Modesto and one in Riverbank,” said Phillip Gauthier, president of the HTC Board of Directors. “Service to others is a major element in her life. Her efforts helped move Riverbank to an award-winning rejuvenation of their downtown commercial district. That accomplishment led to her being awarded the Riverbank Citizen of the Year Award in 2009. Her desire to help others has also led her to volunteer for many organizations including being a Founding Member of the Senior Resources Group, founding Riverbank Cares, being a founder of the Adopt a Grandparent Holiday Program, and as a member of various other charitable organizations.”
Gauthier noted that the Executive Search Committee “had the luxury of multiple talented applicants and are thrilled with our decision.”
The entire Board of Directors is proud to have Strong beginning her new duties on Monday, Oct. 27.
Howard Training Center has a legacy of helping adults with disabilities integrate seamlessly into their communities.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to continue my community involvement. I’m not changing careers, I’m being blessed with the opportunity to be doing something I’ve always wanted to do, help people,” Strong said. “I will continue with all the Riverbank projects I participate in; Rotary, RCFS, SEAPA; Adopt A Grandparent; and Riverbank Cares.”