The Board of Directors of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI) announce the election of Terry Leatherman, Lawrence, as Chief Executive Officer of HCCI effective June 2, 2014. Vince Frye, Chair of the HCCI Board, said “Bob Mackey, HCCI’s current CEO, informed the board in November of his impending retirement at the end of May, so the board has had ample time to review potential candidates. Mr. Leatherman was selected from a highly qualified group of applicants.”

Leatherman is an experienced leader whose work includes legislative strategist, fund raiser, public speaker and media relations manager. Most recently, Terry was the Executive Vice President of Communities in Schools of Mid- America located in Lawrence, Kansas. Terry has worked with Communities in Schools since 2009 in varying capacities, initially as a consultant for the organization. Terry served in multiple capacities with the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry for nearly 20 years. His final role with the Kansas Chamber was as Vice President of Public Affairs.

Terry received his Bachelors of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas; he is a graduate of the Institute for Association Management, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; was appointed by Kansas Governor to serve as a member of the Kansas Employment Security Advisory Council and the Kansas Workers Compensation Advisory Council. He is a former member of the Auburn-Washburn U.S.D. 437 Board of Education and a volunteer for Family Promise of Lawrence and Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.
Frye said HCCI is very pleased that Leatherman has accepted the CEO position. “HCCI is in an ideal situation to continue the steady growth this agency has enjoyed under Bob’s tenure. Bob has done outstanding work to develop and solidify HCCI’s organizational and fiscal growth.”

HCCI currently serves a 22 county area in Northeast Kansas with offices in Topeka, Lawrence and Manhattan and is best known for its nationally award winning consumer credit counseling, first-time homebuyer education programs, rental housing counseling and education programs and HCCI’s counseling regarding student loan debt.