CIS hires new executive director

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By Sam Hickman

 One of the county’s largest and most effective community-based organizations has selected its new executive director.

Nancy Lamb, who most recently served as director of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in New York, was named executive director of Communities in Schools, according to a May 15 news release.

Lamb replaces Cynthia Tart, who had served as founding director of CIS in Brunswick County since 1995. Tart accepted a position in North Carolina’s state CIS office in March. Tart is serving as Eastern Regional Support Coordinator at the state level, which covers 40 of the state’s 100 counties.

Lamb will officially begin June 2. The hiring process lasted about six weeks, CIS Development Director Marci Taylor said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for CIS to go to the next level,” Taylor said of the Board of Directors’ decision to hire Lamb.

Lamb will oversee the day-to-day management of CIS, including oversight of the organization’s strategy, financials, staff and operations. 

“I am looking forward to leading CIS, building on the strong partnership with the CIS Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and Brunswick County Schools to continue to grow CIS programs and services to families in Brunswick County,” Lamb said in the release.

Lamb has ample experience as executive director of nonprofit organizations. Along with her stint as a statewide NAMI director, she has also directed a three-county homeless shelter and housing program in upstate New York. She has focused on working for social change and personal empowerment to assist individuals, families, and communities to function more effectively in life. 

For more than 19 years, CIS Brunswick County has been operating on the belief that “programs don’t save children, relationships do.” The CIS mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. 


Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.