Susan Yonce Appointed Board Chairman
At its 126th Annual Meeting on Oct. 24, the Family Centers Board of Directors elected new officers and appointed new members to the Board.
Greenwich resident Susan Yonce was elected chairman. Since joining the Board of Directors in 2010, Yonce has been a driving force behind the planning and execution of the agency’s special events. She served as co-chair of three annual benefits, which have collectively raised more than $2.1 million to the support the agency’s health, human service and education programs. Yonce has also co-chaired two successful luncheon fundraisers to benefit the bereavement and critical illness support offered by Family Centers’ Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids programs. She has previously held the roles of Board Vice Chairman and Secretary.
For a number of years, Yonce also served as a volunteer facilitator with The Den for Grieving Kids. During that time, she led specialized support groups to help children and their families cope with the loss of a loved one. Yonce succeeds Tom Ashforth, who served three years as Board Chairman.
Three Board Members were also elected to officer positions. Nancy Casserley of Greenwich was named Vice Chairman. Casserley previously served as Board Secretary, and has chaired a number of successful fundraising events including 2016’s Titan Series Breakfast with HP CEO Meg Whitman. Kate Clark of Greenwich was also elected Secretary. She joined the Board in 2015, and co-chaired both 2016’s “Hippies and Harleys” benefit and the 2017 Center for HOPE Luncheon. Finally, Merrilou Hillenbrand of Greenwich was named Assistant Secretary. Hillenbrand currently chairs Family Centers’ Early Education Center of Excellence Committee and is a longtime volunteer of the Nurturing Families program.
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 2,500 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 or www.facebook.com/familycentersinc for additional information.