Howard Domestic Violence Center gets new director

Consultant named to interim position at troubled agency

April 18, 2011|By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

A Takoma Park consultant was named interim director of Howard County's troubled nonprofit Domestic Violence Center on Monday. Inga James, president and CEO of IJay Consulting, was to begin work Tuesday, according to an announcement from the agency's recently named board of directors.

James, with 25 years' experience in human services and criminal justice, is to run the Columbia-based center until the board can recruit a permanent replacement for former director Annie Burton-Byrd.

In January, the 33-year-old agency was the subject of a highly critical assessment report done by Maryland Nonprofits, which the former board had requested. James worked on that report, she said, as a "programatic expert."

The old DVC board resigned suddenly last month, nearly putting the agency out of business, after it became known that Burton-Byrd, who was hired Jan. 28, was on a list barring her from participating in programs that include federal funds. She had been accused of using five AmeriCorps volunteers in 2005 to do work for a private real estate firm run by her and her now-estranged husband, Kevin E. Byrd.

Burton-Byrd, who said she was unaware of the list and has blamed her troubles on her husband, declined to comment Monday about the new appointment.

Lara Weathersbee, the center's new board chairwoman, said in a statement that "our highest priority continues to be providing quality services for our clients and the community."

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