ARDMORE, Okla., (KTEN)--

The HFV Wilson Center's board of trustees appointed a new executive director for the community center.    

JaMia Cody is well known at the center as she served as its program coordinator for three years and is now taking on the role of executive director. 

Cody said she looks forward to seeing the center continue to grow and serve children in Southern Oklahoma. 

“What I’m looking forward to the most is working with the different organizations here in Ardmore and being a resource for them as well as them being a resource for us,” Cody said.  “Putting in a plan for the center for the future as far as where we see ourselves going and implementing different programs that we would like to see and expand on here in southern Oklahoma.”

Cedric Bailey, a trustee, said the board all agreed Cody would be the right fit for the job due to her experience at the community center and the impact she has on the children there.

“The kids look up to her,” Bailey said. “Recently we had a holiday celebration and at the end when you look up and see kids coming up and singing songs and at the end saying ‘thank you coach Cody’ that means a lot to our community and that's what it is all about.” 

Cody said she is excited about the new role and plans for the center’s future. 

"I'm excited to see where we can go in the next 5- 10 years,” Cody said. “I think there are some things we could do as far as our building and reaching different areas we haven't been able to in the past. "

In her new role as executive director, she will oversee the center’s projects, programs, and funds, among other things.