Keelie Gustin has been named the new director of Community Action Partnership Preble County. The organization provides assistance to low-income residents including utility bill reduction, programs to prevent homelessness and to help people rise out of poverty.

Gustin, a Tipp City native, attended the University of Dayton for both her undergraduate degree in sociology, which she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her Juris Doctor where she focused on civil liberties. As the first in her family to graduate from college, she has a passion for helping people set and reach their goals. The service learning focus at the University of Dayton introduced her to the critical role that non-profit organizations fill in our community.

“Community Action Partnership brings life and energy to the community with their unique way of connecting committed volunteers and staff with those in need” said Gustin, who looked at many different ways to use her law degree to make a difference in service to others. “CAP is here to help people, and we have an absolute passion to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Her immediate goals for the Preble County office are to connect with all the other social services working in the county to coordinate efforts, and to expand the home weatherization and transportation programs. “I’m a born networker, and love to get myself engaged in the community. I’d love to be invited to any organization’s meetings to share our story, or to explore ways to work together to combat poverty in Preble County. My number is (937) 456-2800 or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a meeting.”

CAP Preble is one office of a network of the national non-profit organization created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to help low-income Americans escape poverty and achieve economic security.