Darlene J. Bigler is Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Southwest (CAS), a non-profit human service agency serving Washington and Greene counties in Pennsylvania. CAS serves more than 16,000 people in the two county area at 50 sites. CAS also employs 250+ area residents and administers more than $13 million in government grants and private contracts each year. She is currently leading the organization through transformational change that will engage the community to end poverty.
A native of Washington, PA, Ms. Bigler joined Community Action Southwest in 1993 as chief executive officer. She serves as Treasurer on the board of a CAS affiliate corporation, Threshold Housing, and oversees contracted management services for the Plaza Building Associates, LLC, a commercial office building, and Action Resources, Inc., a nonprofit property management and holding company for nonprofit organizations.
Bigler began her career as a community worker for the Indiana County Community Action Program in Indiana, PA in 1981, later served as Education and Training Coordinator and Assistant Director. She was selected as Executive Director for that agency in 1985. During the next eight years, she doubled the organization’s budget and staff, and created a transitional housing program for women and children, the county’s first homeless shelter, and an affordable rental and home ownership program.
A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Darlene is the Past President of the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania (CAAP), a state-wide membership organization of 43 community action agencies serving all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, and continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
Ms. Bigler was honored with the Women of Wisdom Athena Award in 2008 by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, which also named her the 2002 Business Woman of the Year. She serves on the board of trustees of the Washington Health System, and on the boards of the Washington Area Federal Credit Union and the Southwest Corner Workforce Investment Board. She has previously served as President and board member of Transitional Employment Consultants (TEC) and is a founding member of the steering committee for Community Builders of Greene County, a project of the Community Foundation of Greene County.
Bigler is married to Gary Lefebvre, and they have two grown sons.