Girls Inc. of Bay County Names New Executive Director


Girls Inc. of Bay County is pleased to announce that Stacey S. Torch has been named the organization’s new Executive Director. Stacey brings with her years of experience and leadership, having most recently served as the Principal of Torch Communications, a firm specializing in strategic analysis, marketing communications, and freelance journalism. Her work has been featured on WBHM National Public Radio,, and in Birmingham Magazine. During her career, Stacey has served as the CEO of Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, was the first Administrator for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Center for Exercise Medicine, and was appointed the business liaison for the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce during the Centennial Olympic Games. She has also worked in community development with the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and was the Executive Director of the Camden Clark Foundation in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

“We are very fortunate to have Stacey join Girls Inc. of Bay County. We are confident her experience and knowledge will strengthen our organization as we look to the future. Her dedication to our mission is evident and she will no doubt lead our organization to great things as well as empower our girls to be strong, smart and bold,” stated Board President Beverly Shean.
Stacey is a first-generation college student and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Arts from Georgia State University. To compliment her formal education, she has been trained in the art of fundraising for nonprofit organizations, is a graduate of the Momentum Leadership Program, and a former board member of Alabama Possible. Stacey is married and the proud mother of two college-aged daughters.

“Empowering girls is a mission I strongly believe in and I’m very excited about the opportunity to join the Bay County team. I enjoyed working with Girls Inc. previously and look forward to getting to know the Panama City community and all of the valuable partners who support our girls.” Torch stated.

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. By providing mentoring relationships, safe spaces, and evidence-based programming to girls ages 6-18, they help girls succeed! For more information regarding the organization or to contact Stacey, please visit