Union Mission’s Board of Directors recently, appointed Steve Allison as executive director to manage and lead one of the area’s largest non-profit organizations and the community’s single largest provider of services aimed at ending and preventing homelessness. Don Waters, Union Mission’s Chairman, said the Board was especially impressed by Allison’s diverse management experience as a executive in healthcare, accountant for a Big 4 firm, and a university auditor. Allison graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a degree in economics.
“Union Mission maintained a transparent process to search nationally for the best candidate possible, and Steve Allison clearly rose to the forefront of the process,” Waters said “After his interview in Savannah, the Board knew Steve could singularly offer the leadership and ability to manage Union Mission forward for the near future.”
Waters said Allison will begin before July 1, which would not cause any disruption in service to Union Mission, whose 3.5 million budget ranks it among the community’s largest non-profit organizations.
“Recently-retired assistant county manager Pat Monahan, who has volunteered as executive director since October, has agreed to continue to service,” Waters said. “His service has not only kept Union Mission operating at full efficiency, but his years in local government have provided a fresh look at Union Mission’s management budget, programs and future outlook.”
Besides providing 7,500 shelter nights and 20,000 plus meals monthly through such long-serving shelters such as Grace House and the Magdalene Program, Union Mission also provides companion supportive services through counseling, recovery from alcohol and drug addictions and employment and training.
Allison’s selection came after a process which included national advertising, review of more than 60 applications and interviews with the five highest rated candidates.Water said Allison has an impressive resume in and out of the office. Besides notable volunteerism with several noteworthy non- profit organizations. Allison also played professional in-door soccer.
“Buried in his resume, Steve earned the awards as ‘Most Improved Player,’ which speaks to his drive and commitment,” Waters said “These attributes, complemented by his professional accomplishments and the spirit of volunteerism beyond his dedicated work record, speak to the hallmarks of success.”