Center for Prevention of Child Abuse names Rachel Johnson as Interim Executive Director

Former Executive Director Haight speaking at a CPA event in 2021.Mid-Hudson News file photo.
Rachel Johnson, Interim Executive Director of CPCA.

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Rachel Johnson, who has 20 years of nonprofit experience, has been appointed as Interim Executive Director for the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse (CPCA). Johnson, previously Director of Development of the CPCA, replaces Kimberly Haight who resigned effective February 6.

“The board is pleased to have Rachel accept the role of interim executive director,” said Eben Yager, Board Chair. “Rachel is a mission-driven leader who has already proven her skillset. She has a deep understanding of the needs of the organization and the staff who work tirelessly to support the most vulnerable children in our community.”

Johnson joined The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse in June 2020. Previously, she served as Vice President of Resource Development at the United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region and has also served as the Advancement Officer of Annual Giving at the Culinary Institute of America. “My focus has always been on the well-being of the children and families we serve,” said Johnson. “My goal as Interim Executive Director is to strengthen our relationships with community partners and continue collaborating with them so that we may provide the best quality prevention and support services to our community.”

The Board of Directors has started an extensive search process to find the right next executive director, a leader who is community-minded, passionate about the safety of children, and has the skills and experience to fulfill the role.

The CPCA began in 1973 with a mission to prevent child abuse and maltreatment in the Mid-Hudson Valley.  The organization serves approximately 15,000 children and adults each year through prevention programming, support services, and educational services. Information on the organization and its programming can be found here.