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Jesse’s House in Forsyth gets new executive director
Karen Carroll
Karen Carroll.

A local emergency children’s shelter has a new leader at its helm, bringing more than 15 years of nonprofit experience to the new position.

Karen Carroll was recently named executive director of Jesse’s House, which provides “safe and structured care in a nurturing environment to at-risk girls in order to adequately prepare them for life.”

Carroll, who replaces former executive director Amber Black, began in early September and said she is already enjoying the role.

“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with the girls, and they are just fabulous and deserve all the  support they can get from the community and our staff,” she said. “I want to continue the great work we’re doing here but also get more people involved, from volunteers to sponsors, just to make sure we have the resources and education they’re going to need with the staff to continue to support the girls in their educational, emotional and any psychological needs.”

Most recently, Carroll worked as program manager for Mentor Me North Georgia and previously served as the executive director of Hope House, a mental health group home.

With a degree in psychology from the University of Georgia, Carroll said she wants to highlight the work Jesse’s House does, as well as its annual fundraiser, the Fairy Tale Dash, which is scheduled for Nov. 4 at Fowler Park.

“I’m working to bring more awareness to Jesse’s House and who we are and what we do and am seeking support from all areas of community,” she said. “I want to keep going down the path we’ve been going down. It’s certainly been a well-run organization and I want to continue to meet all the needs that are presented.”