ACCESS, an Akron shelter for homeless women and children, has named Jackie Hemsworth its next executive director.

Hemsworth, who most recently was the organization's interim executive director, takes over the position held by Lynn Budnick, who died Feb. 13.

Budnick had been executive director of the shelter since 2008. She died at the James Cancer Center in Columbus after having beaten back cancer four times.

Previously, Hemsworth was the director of advancement at ACCESS.

She has been with the organization for four years, and has more than 15 years of experience providing services to homeless people. She worked directly with homeless people then moved to developing and managing housing programs.

In her previous role at ACCESS, Hemsworth was responsible for overseeing fundraising efforts involving federal and local grants, events and private donations.

“I believe strongly in the mission of ACCESS to empower homeless women to take control of their futures,” Hemsworth said in a news release issued this week. “It’s an honor to hold this position, and I’m thrilled by the opportunity and challenges ahead. I look forward to working with our incredible team as we support ACCESS families and women with the time and opportunities they need to start their next chapter.”

ACCESS has served more than 20,000 homeless women and children since it was founded in 1984.