Sharon Pierce is President & CEO of the Villages of Indiana, Inc. She has long been a tireless champion of children and families, investing her energies in creating and sustaining family support systems both nationally and within Indiana's communities.
Nationally, Ms. Pierce serves on multiple policy-making committees that have an impact on decisions for Hoosier children and their families. Some of these include the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), including the CWLA National Executive Advisory Committee, the CWLA National Family Preservation Steering Committee, and the CWLA National Managed Care Institute Steering Committee.
Statewide, Ms. Pierce shares her expertise and knowledge with a broad base of public/private agencies and organizations - schools, churches, child care facilities, and children's coalitions, to name just a few. Most recently, as a result of her leadership, the Casey Family Program (TCFP) selected Indianapolis as one of four outstanding sites across the nation. The selection was based on the number of youth in need of transition services from out-of-home care into adulthood, the strength of existing organizations serving this population, opportunities for successful partnerships among the organizations, opportunities for successful partnership with TCFP, and the existence of local resources that can be brought to the table. This initiative helped to bring a new commitment to youth ages twelve to twenty-one.
Since 1992, Ms. Pierce has led the Villages to unprecedented growth, expanding the diverse array of services to include family-based services, special needs adoption, group home care, therapeutic foster care, emergency shelter care, independent and transitional living, kinship care, early childhood programs, Healthy Families, and Children's Villages Child Care centers. She has met the challenges of growth by engaging community leaders in many collaborative efforts, thereby sharing a vision and ensuring that the vision becomes a reality. Her work has taken her beyond the doors of her organization to know first-hand the needs of communities, which speaks volumes about her longstanding, caring commitment to children and families.