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Tina Cobb named North Country Prenatal Perinatal Council director

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Tina M. Cobb has been named the new executive director of the North Country Prenatal Perinatal Council.

She replaces Penny A. Ingham, who retired from the top post earlier this month to become director of Lewis County Public Health.

“It was time for a new challenge for me,” said Mrs. Cobb, who has worked for the agency for 14 years. “The agency is undergoing transformation and I want to be a part of it. We have a great board of directors, and it’s great to work for them. I’ve known them for years.”

Mrs. Cobb has been the council’s youth services program director since 2003, and before that she was the community-based adolescent pregnancy prevention coordinator in Gouverneur. That position was focused in schools.

The agency is currently in transition with a number of its grants, which support services and programs. The facilitated enrollment piece is becoming a navigator program, which helps people and small businesses understand how the Affordable Care Act affects them. State funding also ends this month for a family resource center the agency runs in Gouverneur, which provides parent education and support services.

Mrs. Cobb said because the council is so dependent on state and federal grants, it will explore fundraising opportunities as the board works through a strategic plan.

“Priorities change and funding statuses change,” she said. “Budgets are so tight, so it’s certainly difficult to work the whole system to make sure services are available to everyone in our community.”

She said she has stayed at the nonprofit because she enjoys “seeing adolescents grow into young adults.”

It was also guidance from Mrs. Ingham that Mrs. Cobb said helped her “grow to be able to work in this capacity.”

As Mrs. Cobb works through her executive director position, the board will determine if and when a new youth services director will be hired.

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