Girls Inc. Executive Director Steps Down

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PANAMA CITY-- Tammy Dunaway, Executive Director of Girls Inc in Panama City, revealed her big secret Monday afternoon.

"This opportunity came up and it was time for me to move forward,” said Tammy Dunaway, Girls Inc. Executive Director.

Dunaway is stepping down from the position she's held since December 2010.

Since then many of her colleagues and kids in the program say she's made a huge impact in their lives.

"We're so blessed to have her part of our team. We're really going to miss her,” said Marcia Parker, Girls Inc.

"She taught all the girls here how to strong, smart and bold,” said Jaeden Goodman, Girls Inc. Member.

"She cares a lot for Girls Inc. She teaches us to respect people and give back,” said Alidiea Odom, Girls Inc. Member.

Many credit Dunaway with bring the organization closer to the community.

The girls participate in projects ranging from planting trees at the conservation park to the helping with the council on aging's meals on wheels program.

"I'm going to miss everything about leaving. Our staff is phenomena, our teaching staff, our directors, our board of directors and of course the girls,” said Dunaway.

Dunaway accepted a job at gulf coast regional medical center, but plans to stay close to girls inc.

"I'm staying on as an ambassador. And as an ambassador, I will still be very involved with all of the girls and with our events we have throughout the year,” said Dunaway.

Dunaway will continue serving as director, until the board hires her replacement.