Crystal Anderson

Crystal Anderson will assume the position of ECKAN CEO on June 1, 2019.  She is currently Assistant CEO and has been with the agency since 2013.

“Over the last several years Crystal has helped grow ECKAN through new initiatives within our communities, and has become well known and respected by our partners at the local, state and national levels. The Board of Trustees is excited to have Crystal as the next CEO taking ECKAN into the future.” Stephanie Coleman, ECKAN Board President.

Crystal is a Nationally Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) and holds two additional national certifications specific to the Community Action networks’ management accountability framework. She serves on the KACAP Board of Directors (Kansas Association of Community Action Agencies), and currently serves as Vice-Chair of Region VII’s (Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska) Community Action Board.

Crystal is involved in her local community serving on the Ottawa Recreation Commission Board, 4th Judicial District Community Corrections Advisory Board, Ottawa Police Foundation Board, Communities In Schools Advisory Board, Leadership Franklin County Board of Trustees, and the local Workforce Development Board.

“Community Action agencies respond to the ‘charge’ of fighting poverty – as set by federal legislation.” Anderson said. “This work could not happen without critical community partnerships, dedicated volunteers, and our staffs’ unyielding passion and commitment to serve others. I am humbled and excited to take on this leadership role with the agency. ECKAN has a rich and vast history in the communities we serve, and we will continue to provide services that equip folks with tools to exit poverty.”

Richard Jackson, CEO, who is retiring on May 31, said, “As I look forward to retirement, I have enjoyed my years with ECKAN. I leave knowing the agency will be in good hands with Crystal Anderson, she is committed to our mission of helping people help themselves.”