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New president named of Partners in Prime

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

Nonprofit Community First Solutions announced Monday a change in top leadership.

Community First consists of four organizations: Partners in Prime, which operates senior centers in Hamilton, Fairfield and West Chester Twp.; Colonial, which operates retirement communities and a home health care business; Community First Pharmacy; and Community Behavioral Health Inc.

Steve Schnabl, president of Partners in Prime for 15 years, is taking a new position in the organization on Jan. 1. He is joining Community First’s corporate development team as director of development.

Taking Schnabl’s place is Christy Quincy. Quincy becomes president of Partners in Prime on Jan. 6. She is currently program director of The Center for Wound Healing at Fort Hamilton Hospital.

Quincy previously worked for Partners in Prime, having served on the Board of Directors before being employed from 2007 to 2011 as the agency’s director of community relations.

“Older adults have always been a group of people who I really respect and I enjoy working with,” Quincy said. “I’m looking forward to filling our Prime Club with people. How we’re going to do that is diverse programming. I want to build on what’s working well, but I want to bring exciting programming that will bring new faces.”

Partners in Prime, previously an independent nonprofit, merged with Community First in 2012.

As the leader of Partners for more than a decade, Schnabl expanded the senior center from its original location in Hamilton to open branches in Fairfield and West Chester Twp. Partners in Prime today has more than 1,200 members and its Meals on Wheels program has grown to serve about 700 seniors in Butler County a year, Schnabl said.

In 2010, the senior center moved into the West Chester Activity Center, “a huge improvement for our West Chester services,” Schnabl said.

Partners in Prime closed in Hamilton for all of 2009 after the building flooded. However, the good news that came from that was most of the building was upgraded because of it, he said.

Over the years, Schnabl was involved in several renewal efforts for the elderly services tax levy. He was elected to the board of the National Institute of Senior Centers representing Ohio for six years, and was a board member of Ohio Association of Senior Centers. He has been a regular guest columnist for Journal-News.

Talks with Community First started about merging the groups’ Meals on Wheels program, then grew into the two organizations merging. “That brings a long-term stability to Partners that is quite important,” he said.

“It’s with mixed feelings (that he takes the new position) because I’ve developed so many wonderful relationships here and have a great staff,” he said.

“I also decided at this point in my career, it would be great for me to focus on something that I would find really exciting and rewarding and that’s raising funds for programs I believe in,” he said. “I also believed it would be advantageous for Partners in Prime to have a new leader with an up-to-date perspective.”

Schnabl’s new responsibilities will include helping raise money for Partners and Community First’s other nonprofits.

For Community First to have someone well-known “like Christy to replace me, somebody that knows the organization, and that I believe brings the same kind of passion to Partners in Prime, that I believe I had is very, very good,” he said.

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