ITHACA, N.Y.—The Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County has named its newest executive director.

Cindy Wilcox was approved by the Board of Directors and will take over the agency that had previously been led by Kathy Schlather for 16 years. Wilcox starts on April 11 after being selected by the board.

According to an announcement, Wilcox has worked at HSCTC as Director of Leadership Development and Consulting Services since 2016, and was selected after a nationwide search that began late last year.

“I am thrilled to be stepping into this role and I am grateful to the Board for their confidence and support,” Wilcox said. “I am honored to carry on Kathy’s legacy of connection and commitment to our community. Building on our tenets of planning, collaboration, and capacity-building, I am excited to work with our talented staff to address systemic inequities, shape collective action, and amplify the transformative power of our sector. I can’t wait to get started.” 

Wilcox has been in the non-profit scene for almost three decades across a variety of sectors, after graduating from Ithaca College for undergrad and SUNY-Brockport for graduate school. She’s now tasked with handling the HSCTC’s $1.7 million budget each year, with a staff of 20 people. The HSCTC “has been bringing together agencies, local government, and the community at large to support the integrated delivery of health and human services and assist in the development of innovative responses to emerging issues.”

“I’m delighted that the Board has chosen Cindy as the new Executive Director,” Schlather said. “We have worked closely together for the past six years and I have been continuously impressed by her depth of knowledge and leadership ability. Her background in healthcare and her understanding of our community and the human services sector make her a great choice to handle the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. It has been an honor to serve this agency for the past sixteen years and I know that HSC will be stronger than ever with its amazing staff and talented new leadership.” 

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at