The board of directors for Orange Grove Center has named Tera Roberts the new executive director of the organization.
Ms. Roberts succeeds Kyle Hauth, who will be retiring on Nov. 8. Ms. Roberts, who was chosen from a field of 100 applicants, has already served Orange Grove for 24 years, most recently as the director of Adult Services.
Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Georgia, Athens, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Tennessee. Her vast experience at Orange Grove has included case management, residential management, and job development. In her current role, she has successfully overseen significant changes in operations at the organization undertaken to comply with the federal Settings Rule.
“I am delighted at the opportunity to continue to serve this community in this new role. My 24 years at Orange Grove, as well as the leadership of our executive director and board have prepared me well to move into this new position, and I am excited about what the future holds,” Ms. Roberts said. “Orange Grove has a long history of collaborative partnerships within every sector of our greater community, and I look forward to building on that as we continue to meet the needs of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.”
Mr. Hauth, who has served as Orange Grove’s executive director since July, 2005 announced his retirement in April, 2019. He plans to spend more time with grandchildren after his retirement, but will aid in the transition. Mr. Hauth will also continue his involvement with Orange Grove through volunteer activities.
“I have loved serving our community and step down only after long and careful consideration,” he said. “What makes it much easier to retire is knowing how supportive this community has always been of Orange Grove. I am confident that the strong leadership of the Board, along with the very capable Tera Roberts at the helm will usher Orange Grove into the next generation of services and programs.”