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ACBC Names New Executive Director

ACBC Names New Executive Director

Helen Jones-Toms

ACBC Names New Executive Director

Aluminum Cans for Burned Children of Northeast Ohio (ACBC) names Helen Jones-Toms as its new executive director. 

ACBC is a 30-year-old nonprofit organization founded by the Northeast Ohio firefighters, the North-Eastern Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, and The MetroHealth System Burn Care Center. It provides fire prevention education to 3,000 Northeast Ohio schoolchildren annually and supports programs for childhood burn survivors.  Its major source of income is through aluminum beverage can collection with drop-off sites at more than 90 Northeast Ohio fire stations.  ACBC recycles approximately 55,000 lbs. of cans each year.

“Besides her creativity and energy, Ms. Jones-Toms brings extensive experience in nonprofit marketing, campaign communications and board operations to the ACBC team,” said Michael Carroll, ACBC board president and chief of the City of Lyndhurst Fire Department. “She also possesses a deep commitment to our mission of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Northeast Ohio children.”

Ms. Jones-Toms is the former assistant dean of marketing and communications for Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and previously served in a similar position at the University’s Case School of Engineering.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Magnolia Clubhouse and has volunteered extensively for many Cleveland-area organizations including the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Rowing Association and Flashes of Hope.  A graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication, she holds a Master of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve. 

She began work for the organization on May 1, 2020 and succeeds Patrick Lovejoy as the executive director, who is also former member of the ACBC Board of Directors. He played an active role in the selection process. “I’m looking forward to working with Helen during this transition,” said Mr. Lovejoy, who is also a firefighter for the city of Parma and member of the Northern Ohio Fire Firefighters Executive Board. “I am confident that she will build on ACBC’s many successes.” Chief Carroll adds, “Everyone at the ACBC is grateful for Pat’s service and dedication. His diligence over the past two years as executive director has modernized our operations and positioned us to continue to meet the needs of Northeast Ohio families