ASAC office welcomes new director to region

Jeannette Archer-Simons has been named as the executive director of the Area Substance Abuse Council, a community-based nonprofit organization that provides accessible, comprehensive substance use and gambling disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services. 

ASAC selected Archer-Simons after an extensive search led by members of ASAC’s board of directors. 

Archer-Simons adds skills and experience in nonprofit leadership, fundraising, marketing and communications, strategic planning, and development of collaborative partnerships to ASAC. Her background as an executive director includes working in behavioral and mental health services, shelter and housing for individuals and families, youth programs, and with at-risk youth.

Archer-Simons started her career with the Girl Scouts and worked her way up to serving as CEO/executive director for multiple councils along the East Coast. She held leadership roles at several nonprofit organizations, including a large homeless shelter and housing agency in Connecticut, where she recently served as executive director/CEO for five years. She provided consulting and training services to nonprofits as president of Archer-Simons Consulting Group and has served as interim executive director for multiple non-profit organizations. 

Laci Lower, ASAC board president Laci Lower praised the new director’s skills.

“The board interviewed many qualified candidates, and throughout the interview process, we found Jeannette’s skills, background, and leadership abilities to be truly inspiring. We’re confident Jeannette is the right person to further ASAC’s mission and strategic goals,” Lower said.

An Iowa native, Archer-Simons earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Iowa and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University.

She began her duties Aug. 26. 

ASAC’s previous executive director, Barbara Gay, resigned June 6 to accept a position with the Zero Suicide Institute. Gay had been with ASAC since December 2014.

ASAC is a community-based nonprofit organization that provides accessible, comprehensive substance use and gambling disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services in five Eastern Iowa counties (Linn, Benton, Jones, Clinton and Jackson). Learn more at www.asac.us.