Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County Inc., 707 Alexander Road, Suite 102, Princeton 08540. 609-987-8100. Linda F. Meisel LCSW, executive director. www.jfcsonline.org.
The Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County has selected Michelle Napell to become the agency’s next executive director. Napell will succeed Linda Meisel, who is stepping down on Thursday, June 30, after 18 years as executive director.
Napell is currently the executive director for U.S. operations at the Teaneck office of OneFamily, a Jerusalem-based group that aids Israeli victims of terrorism.
“The board is delighted that Michelle has accepted our offer to lead the agency into the next chapter of its history,” said president Audrey Wisotsky. “She is a visionary leader who we are confident will strategically guide the agency and advance and develop the critical programs we provide to the community.”
A graduate of Cardozo School of Law, Napell practiced for three years before leaving to start her family. In 2010 Napelle was hired by OneFamily as the coordinator of programming and special events and was later promoted to executive director.
“Being a part of JFCS will enable me to leverage my passion and experience to make an equally important difference, this time closer to home,” Napell said. “I hope to build off the strong programming and base of support that already exists and engage new supporters throughout Mercer and Bucks Counties.”
Mercer Street Friends Food Bank, 824 Silvia Street, Ewing 08628. 609-406-0503. Armstead G. Johnson, executive director. www.mercerstreetfriends.org
The Mercer Street Friends (MSF) board of trustees has selected Armstead G. Johnson to be executive director of the organization, succeeding Shannon M. Mason.
Johnson has a record of leadership at similar nonprofits and experience in youth development and anti-poverty programming.
He comes to MSF from the United Community Corporation (UCC) in Newark, where he was executive director. Like MSF, the UCC is an anti-poverty organization that has been a cornerstone of its community for over 50 years.
He was also executive director of All Saints Community Service and Development Corporation, which serves at-risk youth in Hoboken and Union City. His professional experience includes working with the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Urban League, and advocating for people with disabilities. Johnson also served social service agencies in Plainfield, Orange, West Orange, and Clifton.
Johnson holds a B.A. degree in political science from Howard University, an M.A. in public administration from Rutgers University-Newark, and a certificate in executive nonprofit leadership from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Delia Pitts, vice-chair of MSF’s board and chair of the search committee, said the committee selected Johnson because of his fundraising experience, engaging personality, supervisory experience in a variety of leadership roles, and optimism about the future of Mercer Street Friends.
Mason, who has worked for MSF for almost 14 years and is focusing on duties as senior pastor of New & Living Way Ministries in Trenton, welcomed her successor in a statement: “(Johnson) has proven to be an innovative leader who can make the hard decisions and build from challenging places. He is smart, experienced, charismatic, and compelling; he will be good for Mercer Street Friends and for the city.”