Children’s Volunteer Health Network, a local nonprofit organization devoted to providing children in Okaloosa and Walton counties access to free healthcare services, recently announced Brian Lowe had been hired as the new executive director.

Lowe, who comes to the Emerald Coast from Boone, North Carolina, has served as the executive director of Hope Pregnancy Center for 13 years. There, he overhauled the organization to better serve clients, launching a successful rebranding campaign that allowed the center to grow and expand a variety of programs. He also created a fund development plan, which resulted in a 100 percent increase in income for the organization and led to a debt-free purchase of a new facility project.

“Hope Pregnancy Center was a tremendously successful experience,” Lowe said. “CVHN affords me the opportunity to lead a well-known organization into the future. I am grateful to the staff and Board of Directors for their trust and confidence. Going forward, CVHN will be committed to maximizing program capacity and effectiveness, best practices for nonprofits, and greater organizational sustainability.”

For the past six months, CVHN operated under the direction of its board of directors and Interim Executive Director Kurtis Wolff while continuing to supply the children of Walton and Okaloosa counties with access to free medical, dental and vision services.

Encouraged by Lowe’s extensive background, the CVHN board members said they’re looking forward to seeing him further the nonprofit’s impact in the community, expressing that CVHN’s future is looking bright.

“We are beyond excited to have Brian as CVHN’s new executive director,” said Sarah Svoboda, CVHN board chair. “Brian’s industry experience and talents are instrumental for CVHN’s growth. The future of CVHN is looking amazing.”

To properly introduce Lowe to the community, CVHN will host an open house from 4:30-7 p.m. on Aug. 28 at its location, 82 Lynn Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.

The open house is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come meet Lowe and give him a warm welcome to the area and organization. There will be wine, light bites, and the opportunity to learn more about CVHN and the work it does in Walton and Okaloosa counties.