There's a new face leading the staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters Erath County.

Leah Howard, former executive director of Cross Timbers Pregnancy Care Center, was recently selected to lead the non-profit organization which matches children "littles" with adult mentors "bigs."

Howard served her first day with BBBS last Monday and spent most of the week in training.

"I am really impressed with the organization and what they do to help the community," she said. "(The position at BBBS) fits me well."

Howard "fell in love" with the organization, which she said is many ways is similar to CTPCC by offering prevention education and services in an effort to shape upstanding community members through positive interactions with adult mentors.

"Statistics show 87 percent of littles grow up to say having a big in their lives brought fulfillment," Howard said. "Life is tough, especially for children, there are a lot of issues they can fall into no matter their background. I have always been interested in what we can do to make kids stronger."

Howard served as the executive director of CTPCC for three years, but said her affiliation with that non-profit began a little more than seven years ago when she was invited to serve as a volunteer. She later became a paid employee and filled various roles before taking the helm.

Treva Wygle, chairman of the BBBS board, said Howard was the "perfect" candidate for the position.

"Leah has so much experience with non-profits and is well invested in the community and has well established connections," Wygle said.