UTICA Bob Roberts has been named executive director of The House of the Good Shepherd, effective Jan. 1.
Currently the director of Kids Oneida, a home and community-based agency that provides services to at-risk youth, Mr. Roberts was recently named the 2014 Executive of the Year in the regional nonprofit awards by BitzEventz.
Under Mr. Roberts leadership at Kids Oneida, eight new programs were introduced, which resulted in a job growth of 70 employees.
According to an agency news release, the Utica native will replace Bill Holicky, who has worked at The House of the Good Shepherd for 36 years.
The agency has offices in Utica and at the Partridge Berry Office Park, 26515 State Route 3, Watertown.
The House of the Good Shepherd offerspsychiatric and foster care services for 600 children and families annually.