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Newark, OH – The Board of Trustees of LEADS, Inc., a community action agency headquartered in Licking County, would like to welcome Nathan J. Keirns as the new Chief Executive Officer effective January 11, 2021. Keirns has been with Licking County Job and Family Services for fourteen (14) years as a Senior Planner and Program Evaluator.  He also serves as Adjunct Faculty with Zane State College and Central Ohio Technical College. At one point in his career, he was appointed as a monitor for LEADS and has worked with the Community Services Division and the Fiscal Department. He volunteers as an accreditation reviewer for the Council on Accreditation (COA), reviewing social service programs in 9 states as well as in Italy and Germany.

Nathan stated, “More than 14 years ago, I was assigned to monitor agreements LEADS held with Licking County Job and Family Services. I was immediately impressed by the compassion of staff toward customers, the diverse array of services available to the community, and LEADS’ sound management and fiscal practices. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to work with several LEADS staff and Trustees on a variety of community projects.  It is an absolute pleasure to be considered to join the LEADS team. I am excited about the opportunity to work with the talented and dedicated staff and Trustees to continue the tradition of success that LEADS is known for.”  

Nathan holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education from The Ohio State University and a Master’s of Arts in Sociology from Ohio University. He resides in Howard, OH with his wife Amber and their two children.