Fran Rosenberg has joined the board of directors of Children’s Friend and Family Services (Children’s Friend). Rosenberg is the Executive Director of the Northshore Education Consortium where she provides executive leadership for the education collaborative serving 20 school districts and providing educational services for over 300 students with special education needs. “I was delighted to join the board of directors of Children’s Friend where I can use my expertise and background to help this vital organization. I am extremely impressed and inspired by Children’s Friend’s ability to stay current with evidence-based programs, balance its budget and develop a strong commitment to diversity,” said Rosenberg.
Rosenberg has devoted 30 years to teaching and running programs for children and young adults with significant special needs. Her particular expertise has been to work at the cross-section of child welfare, mental health and special education. She served as Vice President of Program Operations at Walker, a Needham-based non-profit agency that provides special education, behavioral health, and residential treatment services to children and youth with severe emotional and behavioral health challenges. Rosenberg worked as both a teacher and educational administrator during her 25-year career at Walker, as well as provided leadership for a range of residential treatment programs. She has a B.S. and a M.Ed. in Special Education and Applied Child Development from Tufts University.
“Fran’s extensive background with children and mental health are a great asset to our board. Her deep understanding of the importance of the work of Children’s Friend will assist us as we move forward with our strategic plans,” said Carla M. Saccone, Children’s Friend President and CEO.
Children’s Friend and Family Services has been helping children, their families, and in turn their communities by providing compassionate and innovative counseling, children’s behavioral health services, mentoring, and parenting services since its founding as the Salem Seamen’s Orphans’ Society in 1837. Today, this thriving organization serves over 3,000 children and families each year throughout Essex County and Merrimack Valley through its four offices located in Salem, Lynn, Gloucester and Lawrence. Visit www.childrensfriend.net to learn more.