Cathy Collins, a veteran member of the Pinellas Education Foundation's board of directors, this week became the organization's new chairwoman.
She replaces Jim Myers, president of Crown Automotive Group, who will remain on the foundation's board. Her term will last two years.
Collins, who has worked in the clinical research industry for more than 20 years, has been a member of the foundation's board since 2008, serving in several leadership roles.
She is president and CEO of Clinical Consulting Solutions, which provides operational and financial support to research centers nationally. She previously was CEO of Meridien Research and Insearch. A co-founder of both companies, she sold them in 2012.
Collins has bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing and is enrolled in Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program, where she is a member of the class of 2015. She also has served on boards of several local organizations, including the Bank of Tampa, the Museum of Fine Arts and Shorecrest Preparatory School.
The education foundation works to improve opportunities in Pinellas County Schools. Its programs include Enterprise Village, Finance Park and Take Stock in Children Scholarships.