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Allentown Rescue Mission announces hiring new CEO

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by The Press in Business Showcase

The Allentown Rescue Mission has announced the hiring of Chris Aylward as its new Chief Executive Officer

Aylward has more than 20 years experience helping homeless and impoverished individuals achieve personal, professional and spiritual growth. Aylward replaces Gary Millspaugh, who served as Executive Director.

"Chris stood out to us for two reasons," said Tom Gibson, Allentown Rescue Mission Board President. "He has an outstanding record for improving operational excellence at rescue missions. He also embodies the principals and values of our organization, which as a Christian ministry, seeks to help people make significant positive changes in their lives through the power of Jesus Christ. We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Allentown Rescue Mission."

Prior to joining the Allentown Rescue Mission, Aylward was Director of Vocational Services at The Altamont Program, Syracuse, N.Y., since 2010. He also worked as a Job Placement Specialist with P.E.A.C.E. Inc., Syracuse, N.Y.; Director of Community Services at the Utica Rescue Mission, Utica, N.Y., and as a Vocational Specialist at the Syracuse Rescue Mission, Syracuse, N.Y.

He received a Missions Diploma from the Faith School of Theology. Aylward is completing a Master's Degree program in Christian Leadership at Missio University, on track to graduate in April.

He is a certified Career Counselor. In 2012, he was honored by the YWCA with its Diversity Achievers award for working to eliminate racism.