Collene D. Alexander confirmed Thursday that she will resign as chief executive officer of Family Counseling Service of Northern New York by months end.
She said she gave the agencys Board of Directors notice a few months ago.
Its not for a bad reason Im leaving; Id really like to do something in quality improvement, she said. Ive been able to do some of that at Family Counseling Service, but its a very exciting time in health care.
Mrs. Alexander was hired to Family Counseling Services top position in February 2010, as a part-time employee, working 24 hours per week. She said she will now seek full-time employment elsewhere.
Now also is a good time to leave the agency, Mrs. Alexander said, because the agency is in a good place.
Her decision to leave the nonprofit agency comes at a time when it has begun to improve its stability through community partnerships and fundraising. Under her direction, Family Counseling Service has tripled its monthly client counseling visits, from 380 three years ago to 1,000 now.
The agency also has expanded program offerings and its physical space on the fifth floor of 120 Washington St.
All of Family Counseling Services accomplishments throughout her tenure, she said, have been made possible with the help of community members, community agencies, Jefferson County government, and agency staff.
Calls seeking comment to Board President Thomas H. Hefferon were not returned Thursday.
Mrs. Alexander did confirm Thursday that Family Counseling Services Operations Director Jennifer Meagher would serve as interim CEO.
Her Family Counseling Service departure marks the second nonprofit executive position shes left in the last 14 months. In October 2012, she resigned as executive director of the North Country Family Health Center, then known as North Country Childrens Clinic. She held that position while maintaining her part-time post at Family Counseling Service.
Prior to joining the agency, Mrs. Alexander had been Carthage Area Hospitals administrator for quality and strategic growth, a community development specialist for the now defunct Rural Health Care Alliance, and held various other agency jobs since 1981.