Mark Lamar, executive director of Family Guidance Center since 1986, is leaving his position on March 1 for a newly created senior administrative and faculty position at the Rutgers School of Social Work. “When the opportunity to work full time in a senior position at the university opened up, I decided to embark upon this new professional journey,” Lamar said. “I have loved my work at Family Guidance Center. It has been my privilege and good fortune to work for this agency.”
The Family Guidance Center’s Board of Trustees has appointed Jeffery Robbins, a long term member of the center’s staff, to serve as interim executive director. Robbins is a licensed psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. He has served as director of many of the agency’s programs.
#b#Eden Autism’s McCool Retires#/b#
Thomas P. McCool, president and CEO of Eden Autism Services, has announced his plan to retire no later than June of next year. “When I made the decision to accept the position of president/CEO, my commitment to the board was for a period of three to five years, during which time I was to stabilize the management team and initiate a formal strategic planning process,” he said in a press statement.
“With the opening of our new education and outreach center, the establishment of key business functions such as H.R. and refined financial management systems, the consolidation of adult services, and the progress we see in our fundraising and capital campaign, we are now in an excellent position to achieve our long-term goals of continued quality and sustainability. This is a good time to begin the process of identifying my successor and developing a seamless transition.”
Marie Gary, chair of the Eden Board of Trustees, said that the board is assembling a search committee and considering executive search firms to hire. In a joint statement, McCool and Gary state, “Dr. McCool will continue working with the board, families, and staff on day-to-day management as well as the next iteration of the Eden Autism Services Strategic Plan.”
“As I reflect on the past eight years, I am amazed at the great things we have been able to accomplish in such a difficult economic environment, and I look forward to working with the Eden board and senior executive staff during this very important period of transition,” said McCool, who has been credited with implementing both the infrastructure and external focus necessary to address the organization’s long-term planning and sustainability since joining Eden in 2005.
#b#Health Ministry’s New Director#/b#
Beth Scholz has been appointed executive director of the Health Care Ministry of Princeton, a non-profit organization founded in 1984 to help the elderly remain independent in their homes as long as that is safely possible by providing health-related transportation, food shopping, friendly visiting, support for family caregivers, and a home safety program.
Scholz replaces the retiring executive director, Carol Olivieri, who had served with the organization for 19 years.