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Bay Area Turning Point
News Release
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Bay Area Turning Point CEO Retires After 25 Years

After growing and nurturing Bay Area Turning Point for more than 25 years, Diane Savage, President and CEO, has announced her retirement. She will be leaving at the end of December, 2017.

Savage's departure marks the end of an era for the agency. As a founding member and the first President and CEO of Bay Area Turning Point, it was Savage's shared vision and commitment that gave birth to the agency. Working tirelessly to obtain grants and donations and investing tremendous personal time and energy into the organization, she helped grow BATP from its original grass-roots beginnings into the full-service domestic violence and sexual assault assistance agency it is today. The agency is a recognized leader in the greater Houston area.

To lead Bay Area Turning Point during this change, the Board of Directors has named Brenda Sykes as the interim President and CEO, effective immediately. Sykes joined BATP in 2011 as Compliance Director, and in 2014 was promoted to Vice President of Grants and Compliance. Prior to BATP, Sykes worked with several family service organizations. She holds both a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Bay Area Turning Point Board is actively engaged in a search for a new CEO.

Brenda Sykes (right) has been named interim President and CEO following founding CEO Diane Savage's announcement of her retirement.

About Bay Area Turning Point
Bay Area Turning Point (BATP), founded 1991, addresses the community priority of services to victims of the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, human trafficking and child abuse. Services provided include shelter and housing services for adults and children; child care;Parenting Skills Classes; school-based accompaniments; case management; 24-Hour Crisis Hotline; legal advocacy service; Art & Play Therapy; support groups and individual therapy. BATP also provides educational programs in the community and schools to address the root causes of violence and promote societal change. Visit for more information.

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