The Board of Directors of Douglas-Cherokee Economic Authority, Inc. has appointed Megan Barnard as executive director of the agency.

Barnard moves to the executive director’s office after serving as budget and compliance manager since 2012. She replaces Kay Hale, who recently retired after serving as executive director since 2016.

Barnard is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with a major in accounting. Prior to employment with DCEA, Megan was a legislative auditor with the State of Tennessee’s Division of County Audit and assistant vice president of internal audit for Clayton Bank and Trust.

She is married to Joey Barnard and they have two children, Charlee and Jay. Megan enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on the University of Tennessee Vols.

Programs operated by Douglas-Cherokee in Hamblen County include

• Neighborhood Service Center serving clients needing assistance for heating/cooling costs, food, medical and other emergency situations;

• Five Head Start classrooms providing education, health and nutrition services to three and four-year old children and their families and three classrooms providing services for children under three years old;

• Senior nutrition providing congregate and home delivered meals;

• the Educational Opportunity Center helping adults returning to post-secondary education;

• the Education Center programs offering afterschool programs to students in nine schools;

• Community Connect providing clients with free transportation;

• and Affordable Housing managing 68 housing units.