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Gerry Roll is the Executive Director of Hazard Perry County Community Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to lead the community in meeting basic human needs while building individual, family and community assets in rural eastern Kentucky.

Under her direction, HPCCM has opened three child care centers; a scattered site transitional housing program; a crisis intervention program; and a family support center for families at risk of becoming homeless; and the Housing Development Alliance, one of the most successful non-profit housing organizations in the state.
The most recent HPCCM project has been Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance, a communitywide effort to provide health care to rural homeless, uninsured and underinsured people in the rugged mountain communities of Appalachian Kentucky. Together with Harlan Countians for a Healthy Community and more than 50 other partners, the Kentucky Mountain Health Alliance is a federally qualified health center and provides a system of access that ensures integrated mental health and primary care for our neediest citizens. HPCCM is currently building support for a new community foundation with sufficient resources to continue to grow the local civic infrastructure and improve the health of the community by 2020.

Ms. Roll is a 2002 recipient of the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award.