Pam LaFrenz: Vested in the Mission to Eradicate Poverty.

As one of 19 Community Action Agencies in the state, Missouri Valley Community Action Agency continues to forge ahead to move families out of poverty. With the help of our community partners, we make collective, concerted efforts to equip families and individuals with the tools to succeed—a journey that began for me about 39 years ago.

In 1982, I began serving as MVCAA’s Head Start Director. In this capacity, I helped to lead the program’s special projects like:
  • Special Quest Team
  • Head Start/TANF Demonstration Initiative
  • Strengthening Partnerships and Community Resources with Literacy (SPARC) team
  • State of Missouri’s Tier One Partner for the Fathers For Life initiative
About 26 years later, I accepted the position as the Agency’s executive director, and currently serve on the following boards and state level committees:
  • Missouri Association for Community Action Board of Directors
  • Region 7 Community Action Board of Directors
  • Missouri Assn for Social Welfare Board of Directors
  • Workforce Development Board of Directors
  • Head Start/Community Action Agency Memorandum of Understanding State Team
In my role as executive director, I have the honor to play a crucial role in the fight to eradicate poverty. And, with the support of MVCAA’s dedicated staff, we strive daily to realize our mission.

LaFrenz holds a BSE in Elementary Education and is a 1993 graduate of the Johnson and Johnson Fellows Program from UCLA. She is also CCAP (Certified Community Action Professional) and is at Level 4 C on the Missouri Career Lattice in the Missouri Professional Achievement and Recognition System–OPEN Initiative.

Additionally, she completed the Missouri Non Profit Leadership Program through the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at University of Missouri-Columbia.
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