Comprehensive Community Action Program CEO Joanne McGunagle Announces Retirement
After an incredible 45-year journey, Joanne McGunagle, Chief Executive Officer of Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP), has announced her retirement, effective January 2nd, 2025. Joanne has been the driving force behind CCAP’s growth, transforming it into a comprehensive resource for the community.
Joanne took the reins in 1979, envisioning CCAP as a catalyst for change in poverty-stricken lives. She aimed to consolidate resources under one umbrella, reducing administrative overhead and channeling more funding into impactful programming. Today, CCAP stands as a testament to Joanne’s visionary leadership, profoundly impacting the community and breaking the chains of poverty.
“I began a love affair with CCAP in 1979,” stated Joanne. “CCAP has given me boundless gifts and rewards I never imagined. Professionally, with my team, we have created a system of care designed to provide services while focusing on poverty and the alleviation of it. Personally, I met my husband when creating housing at St. Matthew’s Church with CCAP. All my life milestones have involved CCAP at some level. I could never begin to give back to CCAP what it has given me.”
The accolades garnered over the years, such as the Chamber of Commerce Athena Award (1989) and the NASW Nany Gewirtz Social Action Award (2018), reflect Joanne’s outstanding contributions to the community.
The Board of Directors, responsible for appointing a new CEO, has formed a dedicated search committee to identify the ideal candidate. Joanne will remain with CCAP throughout 2024 to ensure a seamless transition, sharing her wealth of knowledge and nurturing crucial community relationships.
As Joanne steps into retirement, CCAP acknowledges her unparalleled dedication and expresses gratitude for the legacy built over four and a half decades. The journey continues, and CCAP looks forward to carrying on the mission of community service and poverty alleviation.