Village of Promise appoints Dana M. Gillis as CEO

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Village of Promise today announced the hiring of Dana M. Gillis as CEO. Dana comes to the Village of Promise (VoP) as an experienced, results-oriented leader with a demonstrated track record of success in managing organizational culture change, coaching executives, and facilitating organizational change management initiatives. Dana brings to VoP a wealth of leadership experience and a passion for civic service focused on positively impacting local communities.

Dana received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from James Madison University and a Master of Studies in Applied Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge. He also earned a graduate certificate in public administration from the Washington Public Affairs Center at the University of Southern California and is a graduate of the former British Police Staff College in Bramshill.

Dana is a graduate of Leadership Greater Huntsville – Class 24 as well as Leadership Alabama – Class 23. He has served on the Leadership Greater Huntsville Board of Directors and was the 2019 – 2020 President of the Huntsville Rotary Club.

“The VoP Board of Directors is delighted with the hiring of Dana M. Gillis as CEO. We are confident that Dana’s depth of experience has equipped him to lead the VoP team in the accomplishment of our mission. A mission to help families lift themselves out of poverty and contribute to their community. His leadership experience and his passion for service will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the Village. Beth B. Richardson, Chair, Village of Promise Board of Directors

“I am humbled and honored by the trust placed in me by the VoP Board of Directors, to guide the organization as it delivers on its promise to be the community’s premier partner, serving, transforming and building quality of life for our families,” Dana said.

Dana has over 30 years of experience in various organizational leadership positions with a demonstrated passion for servant stewardship.

Public and community service are Dana’s guiding values, as evidenced by his military service as a US Army Field Artillery Officer and his twenty-four year career as an FBI Special Agent. Her community service includes work on the boards of several organizations in the Huntsville community, including the Women’s Business Center of North Alabama (currently known as The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship), Leadership Greater Huntsville and Huntsville Arts. Dana is a Rotarian and served as President of the Rotary Club of Huntsville for the 2019-2020 service year.

Village of Promise (VoP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Huntsville. VoP empowers families to lift themselves out of poverty using a multi-generational approach, promising support through a continuum of services and inspiring them to achieve their goals and contribute to their community. For more information, visit

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