SIRS announces new leadership

By Herald Staff

Southern Indiana Resource Solutions announced Monday that the Board of Directors has appointed a new executive leadership team to lead the organization into the future.

On Tuesday, May 4, the Board unanimously appointed Cheryl Mullis as Chief Executive Officer and President, along with Melissa Sharp as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, effective June 14.

“Following the announcement that long-time CEO and President Kelly Mitchell will be departing the organization to join the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, the Board has acted decisively to elevate two veteran Vice Presidents from within the SIRS organization to establish a new Executive Leadership Team," said SIRS Chairman of the Board Brian Schwenk.

Mullis, the incoming CEO and a Perry County resident, said, “I have always been passionate and driven about building our person-centered, community-based model of services for our consumers. I am excited about the opportunity to continue this work on a broader scale throughout our communities and to continue to progress forward.

Sharp, the incoming COO, said, “SIRS has a diverse and growing community of consumers, employees and partners. I am humbled by the confidence the Board has placed in me to manage and guide SIRS forward as we strive to implement our Mission every day."

SIRS’ Vice Chair of the Board of Directors Tracy Graham said, “The Executive Committee of the Board carefully evaluated all options for the future of SIRS’ leadership. Upon close examination, it was apparent that the clear best option for SIRS’ consumers was to build upon the organization’s internal strengths with the appointment of two strong, capable professionals to lead the organization for many years to come.”

Outgoing CEO and President Kelly Mitchell said, “First, I want to congratulate Cheryl and Melissa on their appointment. I am heartened that the Board saw the same qualities and dedication in Cheryl and Melissa as I have for years. I am supremely confident that all of our consumers, employees, volunteers, partners and communities can be assured that SIRS will continue to be a strong agent of positive change for many years to come.”

After being inspired as a teenager by her parents to work alongside individuals with disabilities, Mullis focused her education on the developmental disabilities and mental health industry. Since then, she has dedicated 18 years to SIRS’ mission and vision. She is committed to professional development, and recently graduated among many other industry leaders from the INARF Leadership Academy.

Mullis began as a direct support professional in 2003, and she has worked as team leader, employment consultant and employment services director. No matter her role, she has consistently been a devoted advocate for individuals with disabilities.

Sharp, an eight-year SIRS veteran, joined the organization with 16 years of accounting and supervisory experience. She currently serves as SIRS' vice president of finance and administration and leads SIRS' First Steps early intervention services. She and her husband Jeff reside in Warrick County.

Southern Indiana Resource Solutions, better known as SIRS, is headquartered in Boonville, but also has offices in Jasper, Troy, Ferdinand and Tell City. It is a dynamic non-profit organization supporting individuals with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives in their community of choice. The organization was founded in 1968 through the grassroots efforts of local parents of adults with disabilities. Today, SIRS provides a wide range of person-centered services to approximately 700 individuals, employs 250 people and contributes approximately $6 million to the economies of five counties in Southern Indiana.

According to a press release, SIRS remains committed to the full participation of individuals with disabilities in local communities. SIRS operates under a philosophy of full inclusion and self-determination to all persons served.

For more information, visit or contact SIRS at or 812-897-4840.

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