SCHENECTADY – Family and Child Service of Schenectady, Inc. has a new executive director.
The 91-year-old private, non-profit organization that offers essential services – respite, community habilitation, elder care, and fiscal intermediary services – for individuals and their families across the life span named Jennifer Wuerz to succeed Bob VanZetta, who retired in April after helping lead the organization for more than 12 years.
Wuerz has served as an adjunct professor of social psychology at Marist College, and worked at the Devereux Foundation, the Maternity Infant Services Network of Columbia Memorial Health, and the Office of Community Research, Inc.
In a statement, Family and Child Service of Schenectady said Wuerz brought “a career-long history of working within the non-profit sector, alongside of executive leadership and staff teams, to increase efficiencies, maximize outcomes, and enhance organizational sustainability.”
It described her as “a compassionate leader, enthusiastic supporter of research-based best practices, and visionary.”
The organization serves families across the life continuum, offering in-home care, respite services, community habilitation, fiscal intermediary services, and more to frail elderly, terminally ill, long-term disabled and developmentally disabled individuals.
VanZetta and Wuerz worked together to transition the organization’s leadership, the organization said.
The organization announced its new leader during a virtual meeting Friday, when Family and Child Service of Schenectady launched its monthly podcast, “3 to 100.”
The series is designed to share agency news and its team’s best strategies for seniors and their caregivers, as well as families caring for individuals with developmental disabilities.