Family Centers Appoints New VPs, Senior Directors
Family Centers recently announced that five members of its Leadership Team have been promoted. Leslie P. Sexer, Dennis Torres and Bill Brucker have all been appointed Vice Presidents, while Stephanie Haen and Jennifer Flatow have been named Senior Directors.
Sexer previously served as Family Centers’ Director of Clinical & Outreach Services and WorkLife Solutions. As Vice President, Sexer will continue to oversee and further develop Family Centers’ programs aimed at persevering at-risk families and preventing child abuse and neglect. She will also work to foster community partnerships and facilitate initiatives with collective social impact results. This past year, Sexer launched two collaborative projects focused on closing the achievement gap for low income families in Stamford and Greenwich.
Torres was previously Family Centers’ Director of Health Care Programs, and managed the agency’s efforts to provide critical primary health, dental and health education services to thousands of Fairfield County residents. This past summer, Torres led the opening of Family Centers Health Care – a Federally Qualified Health Center offering medical, dental and mental health services to public housing residents in Greenwich. As Vice President, Torres will lead Family Centers’ medical, dental and mental health programs and services.
As Communications Director, Brucker grew Family Centers’ overall brand awareness through effective public relations, marketing, social media and e-media tactics. He was also instrumental in the development of Family Centers’ strategic plan, and facilitated a comprehensive review of the agency’s overall economic value along with the Harvard Business School – Community Partners. In his new role as Vice President, Brucker will continue to drive Family Centers communications efforts, while focusing on strategic planning.
Haen becomes Senior Director of Behavioral Health and oversees Family Centers’ Mental Health & Counseling Program, Center for HOPE, The Den for Grieving Kids and Wellness & Prevention Services. In her new role, she will continue to supervise Family Centers’ clinical staff while further developing and grow these programs. She will also remain Family Centers key clinical expert in the community, and will be instrumental in the development of Family Centers’ clinical policies and procedures.
Flatow was appointed Senior Director of Development, and will lead Family Centers’ fundraising, special events and donor relations efforts. She previously served as Director of Community Engagement, and helped grow Family Centers’ donor base through corporate and community partnerships. She also developed the agency’s volunteer guidelines, and grew its volunteer workforce from 1,000 to more than 3,500.
Family Centers is a private, nonprofit organization offering education and human services to children, adults and families in Fairfield County. More than 200 professionals and 3,500 trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. A United Way, Community Fund of Darien and New Canaan Community Foundation partner agency, Family Centers is a member of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies and the Alliance for Children and Families and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The agency is licensed by the State of Connecticut Departments of Public Health and Children and Families. Visit www.familycenters.org for additional information.