Carl Rosenkranz Celebrates 45 Years As Executive Director

Happy anniversary to Carl Rosenkranz, who 45 years ago today – also on a Wednesday – started his new post as Executive Director with Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC).

Carl moved from Massachusetts to become a VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America). He worked as the Neighborhood Centers Director and coordinated the Adult Basic Education (ABE) program before accepting the position of Executive Director. He still recalls where each Neighborhood Center was located in all 10 counties we serve.

Carl is OACAC’s fourth Executive Director in 53 years. He is one of the longest serving E.D.’s of all Community Action Agencies across the nation, if not the longest (not yet confirmed).

Community Action and service to others has been Carl’s life’s work. He volunteers on a number of boards and committees which focus their work on strengthening individuals, families, and communities.

In the minutes of the October 8, 1974 OACAC Board Meeting pictured below, it states, “Mr. McClure reported that 22 applications had been received for the position of Executive Director. The committee asked three of these applicants to come for a personal interview at 6:30 prior to the Area Board Meeting.” After listing the three applicants, the minutes go on to read, “Mr. McClure related that all three applicants were fairly well qualified, but the committee felt that by far Mr. Rosenkranz was the one they would like to recommend to be hired as Executive Director.” We’re happy and thankful for their decision!

On Friday, Oct. 11 we will have a casual celebration for Carl in our central office at 215 S. Barnes. Join us if you can! Details below.