McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 6, 2014

Peoples takes top position at PIM

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — Pride in McAlester has a new executive director at the helm.

Regina Peoples said she started Monday in her new position as executive director of the non-profit organization whose mission is to make McAlester a cleaner, safer and more beautiful place to live.

“I am excited to work with Pride In McAlester and I’m honored to be the organization’s new executive director,” Peoples said Wednesday.

She replaces former director Stephanie Giacomo, who left PIM to take a position as director of the McAlester Regional Health Center Foundation.

Peoples’ community involvement includes membership in the McAlester Young Professionals, the McAlester Chamber of Commerce and the Twin Cities Revitalization Project, which she said she founded based on the work of Pride In McAlester.

Peoples said her goal right now is to maintain the programs that PIM already has in place, such as the community garden and city’s new dog park. She also looks forward to promoting the “Adopt a Block” program. The program allows McAlester residents adopt a block for a fee and keep the area litter-free for a week.

“It’s a great project that I’d like to see get more traction,” she said.

In her new role as executive director, Peoples will work with the PIM board of directors, volunteers and citizens to further PIM’s mission, according to a press release from the board.

“It is an honor to join Pride In McAlester. I have always admired the positive impact that PIM has had in the community and I am thrilled at the opportunity to work them,” Peoples said.

For more information, contact PIM at or 918-426-4444.