Director Retiring, Coordinator Promotedposted 11/8/20 -- LCCAA’s Planning and Community Services Director Frank Prihoda will retire at the end of 2020.
Prihoda oversees all LCCAA programs funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) as well as the administration of utility assistance programs.
“Frank has built an amazing team here,” said President and CEO Jackie Boehnlein. “Our programs have grown and new programs have been launched. Many, many people have been served and empowered because of the work he has done.”
CSBG funded programs include both Getting Ahead and Youth Services which were launched under Prihoda. Youth Services also operates the LCCAA Bike Shop. The emphasis on work experience in the youth program was a direct result of Prihoda’s background in business.
“Young people in our county need services too,” Prihoda said. “They need to learn skills and make connections so they can have the future they want to have. We’ve built a great program to do that.”
Youth Services Coordinator Bobby Taylor, who was hired by Prihoda to expand the youth program, will take over. Taylor has been promoted to Deputy Director of Planning and Community Services. He will become Director on January 1.
“He’s very involved in the community and brings a wealth of experience,” Boehnlein said.
“I’m so blessed and thankful and humbled,” Taylor said. “It’s truly an honor.”
A drive-by retirement celebration for Prihoda will be held at the agency’s downtown Lorain office on Dec. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. Meanwhile, well wishes can be sent to 936 Broadway Ave., Lorain, 44052.
“It’s been a good time here,” Prihoda said. “I’ve learned a lot and enjoyed connecting with everyone here.”
A lifelong Lorain County resident, Prihoda has held positions in industry and the public sector. Prior to joining LCCAA in 2014, he was a Workforce Development specialist at Ohio Means Jobs - Lorain County (formerly known as the Employment Network). He also taught business management classes at the college level for 15 years and ran his own business for 23 years.
Prihoda and his wife Theresa live in Lorain. They have three grown children and two grandchildren.