Rockland County, NY - VCS Hires First Chief Operating Officer
VCS Inc., a nonprofit counseling and mental health treatment center with a social justice anti-racist mission, just celebrated its 50th Anniversary. While turning the corner to another half century, VCS is proud to announce that Elizabeth Alvarado will be joining the VCS team as Chief Operating Officer on March 8th, 2021.
Elizabeth Alvarado LCSW-R, brings an abundance of skill, experience and heart to VCS. She earned her Master’s in Social Work at Fordham University and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Fordham and The NYU Silberman School of Social Work.
Ms. Alvarado has been working in New York since 2007 at several health care institutions. She has been a social work supervisor at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Director of Programs at Isabell Home and Community Services, and Director of Social Services at Metropolitan Jewish Health Services to name a few.
To meet the growing needs of Rockland County’s Spanish speaking community VCS established PUENTES to provide counseling and connections to other programs at VCS completely in Spanish. Ms. Alvarado’s vast array of skills and experience will bring much to bear in furthering the growth and smooth operations of this vital department.
Ms. Alvarado has certification in Gerontology and specialties in: Bereavement, Grief and Trauma, Advanced Care Management, Individual, Couples and Group therapy and Senior Leadership. She is also certified to supervise graduate school, social work interns and is Bi-lingual (English/Spanish).
Services for Older Adults and their Families at VCS offers several support groups, multilingual information and assistance connections, and counseling for older adults – all free of charge while funding is available from the Rockland County Department of Aging. Ms. Alvarado’s leadership, expertise and compassion will facilitate the growth and operations in this essential area of service.
In her new capacity as Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Alvarado will help the senior management team develop and expand the general counseling services of this well-established agency that strives to provide hope and social justice for individuals and families through counseling and community change. She brings a depth of professional skills that will enhance our operational profile and VCS is excited to have her join the team.
Article in Moving Forward contributed by VCS Executive Director, Sarah Goforth
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