The Human Relations Department appoints a new Director General

The Board of Directors of the Human Relations Department (HRS) has appointed Connie Cardillo-Backoff as the new Executive Director.

Cardillo-Backoff succeeds Dr. Mark Kline, who retired in May 2021. In his role as CEO, Cardillo-Backoff will provide executive leadership and advice in the organization’s current and future initiatives, including the advancement of mental health services and support for professional development and training.

Cardillo-Backoff obtained his Ed.D. of Regis College and has worked in mental health and education for 29 years. She has held leadership positions in behavioral health organizations and has extensive experience creating and implementing mental and behavioral health programs and treatment programs. Her work includes opportunities for expanding mental and behavioral health into the community, professional development and training, as well as community engagement and social justice initiatives. In addition to his extensive work in mental and behavioral health, Cardillo-Backoff has extensive experience in research and development, as well as in data and statistical analysis. She has previously secured funding for education, social justice, and mental and behavioral health programs.

Cardillo-Backoff has experience and an ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, equality and inclusion. She looks forward to the growth of HRS initiatives as she continues to lead, professionally develop, educate and support staff, and integrate communities to raise awareness of mental health support, according to her appointment announcement. .

Cardillo-Backoff believes the “why” behind his goal and passion will enhance and drive HRS’s mission, vision, values ​​and goals, according to the announcement.

Founded in Wellesley in 1948, the Human Relations Service provides counseling to residents regardless of their ability to pay, as well as counseling and prevention services. It helps families and children overcome problems and lead richer and richer lives and is the safety net of our communities in times of crisis and tragedy.

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