We’re excited to announce that the Center for Family Support will soon have a new Chief Executive Officer, Alicia McGrath. Alicia will begin on December 4th, succeeding Steven Vernikoff who is retiring after 31 years as CEO.
“Our search committee spent four months paring down from an original candidate list of almost three hundred applicants and conducted countless hours of interviews,” said CFS Board Chair Lloyd Stabiner. “We were fortunate to identify Alicia, who had experience with and believed in the culture of CFS plus demonstrated skills in the areas of fundraising and supportive employment.”
Alicia is coming to CFS with over 25 years of experience working in Social Service organizations, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Mission Programs at Goodwill NY-NJ. In her role there she oversaw programs related to individuals with disabilities in the areas of rehabilitation, support, and employment. She also directed initiatives that provide workforce development to disadvantaged communities.
Prior to joining Goodwill NY-NJ, Alicia served in leadership roles at many organizations supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs, including working at CFS as Assistant Executive Director until 2020. She is a graduate of SUNY Empire State College, where she holds a BS in Public Affairs, Masters in Community Economic Development, and MBA. She is the Founder and Board President of 100 Hispanic Women Long Island and is a Board Member at the Better Business Bureau Foundation, Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities, and NYSID New York State Industries for the Disabled.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to lead such a reputable organization whose values are steeped in person-centered services. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with the talented and dedicated team at CFS again and continuing the important work of serving individuals and families in our communities.” Alicia is also looking forward to expanding the scope and mission impact at CFS, so the organization can reach even more individuals and families who need support.
“I am enthusiastic in my support for Alicia coming on to lead CFS as the new CEO,” said Steven Vernikoff. “She is committed to delivering individualized services to those we support and will continue CFS’ legacy as a leader in that area.” Steven will remain on staff through the end of the year to assist Alicia and the rest of the organization with the transition.