Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency today announced that its Board of Directors has named Colleen Verriest, MSW, LCSW, as the agency’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Verriest brings to the agency more than 15 years of leadership experience in social services delivery in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including directing the development and expansion of essential programs and services designed to enrich the lives of children and families in the community. She becomes the 18th leader of FCS since the agency’s founding in 1909.
“This is the perfect time for Colleen to join FCS as our new CEO as 2019 marks our 110th anniversary,” explains FCS Board Chair Deborah Zilai. “It’s quite an accomplishment for any organization to survive and prosper for that length of time, but for a social service agency, it is an even more incredible achievement. Our longevity is a testament to our ability to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of an ever-changing society, and we must continue that tradition. Colleen’s experience and her unique ability to translate vision and strategy into execution will help move us forward into our next 110 years.”
FCS today serves nearly 8,000 people annually, addressing issues of homelessness; neglect, abuse or exploitation; health and respite care; childhood literacy and obesity; long-term care planning and Medicare counseling. It also engages hundreds of older volunteers in programs that enrich their own lives and promote the health and well-being of children and families in at-risk communities.
Prior to joining FCS as CEO, Verriest served as Vice President, Counseling and Social Services with the Community YMCA. In that role, Verriest directed daily operations at three Community YMCA locations in Monmouth County, including the Bayshore Family Success Center in Leonardo, Outreach Services in Eatontown and Outpatient Services in Matawan, and oversaw the provision of services at eight community sites and 50 schools in two counties. Before joining the Community YMCA, Verriest served as a clinical director at Barnabas Health Institute of Prevention. She also maintained a private practice where she specialized in counseling children and adults who have experienced trauma and life adjustments. A licensed clinical social worker, Verriest earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University and an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University.