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Catholic Charities Names Three to Leadership Roles

by Nancy Steves
Wed, Mar 6th 2019 04:00 pm

 

        

Stephen O'Brien, MSW         Stephanie Mejia                   Helen Yood

                                                                                    MA, Ed.M., LCSW

                                                                                   

Catholic Charities of Buffalo announces the recent appointment of three to leadership roles within the organization.

Stephen O’Brien, MSW, has been named Supervisor of School-Based Services, Stephanie Mejia has been named Supervisor of Housing and Homeless Services in the Family and Community Services Department, and Helen Yood, MA, Ed.M., LCSW, was named Supervisor in the Clinical Services Department at the Monsignor Carr Clinic on Rich Street.

O’Brien was the director of special education for Dunkirk City Schools and Dunkirk High School principal before coming to Catholic Charities.

He is responsible for overseeing Catholic Charities’ services provided in area public and Catholic schools which focus on providing additional support to students and families for success in education and life. These programs include the School Intervention, Site Facilitator and In-School Social Work and School-Based Behavioral Health Counseling Services.

O’Brien holds a master of social work degree from the University at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from SUNY Fredonia.

Mejia comes to Catholic Charities from the Lieutenant Colonel Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY where she was the rapid re-housing case manager.

In her new role, Mejia has direction and oversight of Catholic Charities’ Rapid re-Housing and Homeless Services programs including screening, assessment, direct client contact, community linkage and advocacy.

She received her bachelor’s degree in public policy with a health concentration from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

Yood was the family program coordinator for Kids Escaping Drugs, Renaissance Campus, and brings more than nine years’ experience in private practice working with adolescents, adults, couples and families to her new role.

As the supervisor of Catholic Charities’ Rich Street location, Yood is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the licensed outpatient clinic program, supervising clinical and administrative support staff, and supervising and coordinating clinical services provided by independent contractors.

Yood holds a master of social work degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York, New York, a master’s degree in developmental psychology and a master of education degree in counseling psychology, both from Columbia University in New York, New  York and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.

As the most comprehensive human service provider in Western New York, Catholic Charities makes a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, health and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.

For more information about the organization and its programs and services, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to ccwny.org. You can also find Catholic Charities on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo, on Twitter at twitter.com/ccbuffalo and on Instagram at Instagram.com/catholiccharitiesbuffalo.

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