Family Services Board Announces Retirement of CEO and Appointment of Successor

Date: May 27, 2015

Thomas E. Harr, Chief Executive Officer of Family Services, Inc. (FSI), has announced his plans to retire effective August 31, 2015, after 17 years of exemplary service leading the non-profit social services organization.

FSI’s Board of Directors President Diane Ennist lauded Harr’s role in developing cutting-edge community services throughout the state of Maryland, “Thom recognized the importance of cooperation among local integrated health and community organizations to meet the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. He has been an extraordinary leader who made certain that services continued to families in need despite turbulent economic times. He made a positive impact on thousands of lives over the years while remaining true to the mission of FSI as founded 106 years ago. We’re pleased that Thom has agreed to provide advisory support as Chief Executive Officer, Emeritus, during the remainder of this year.”

Mr. Harr has served local communities for over 25 years in senior management roles in both the public sector and private non-profit sectors. Prior to joining FSI in 1998, he served as the Chief of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in the Department of Health and Human Services for Montgomery County, MD. He was a member of the senior management team that successfully restructured the County’s health and human services system in preparation for Medicaid and welfare reforms. Mr. Harr earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance from American University, Master of Library Science from the Catholic University of America and his Bachelor of Science in English and Education from Frostburg State College. Since joining FSI, Mr. Harr has been responsible for merging three other non-profit organizations into FSI, growing revenues from $2.6 million to approximately $24 million and acquiring a new 23,000 square foot headquarters facility.

The FSI Board of Directors has promoted Kylie McCleaf to be Family Services’ new CEO effective September 1, 2015. She will bring deep knowledge and experience to the role, having served as FSI Deputy Director since 2007. “Family Services will continue to be in extremely competent hands. Kylie’s comprehensive financial, fundraising, programmatic and administrative experience, as well as her demonstrated commitment to the FSI mission and her leadership ability, led the Board to unanimously appoint her as the next CEO of Family Services,” Ennist said.

Ms. McCleaf joined Family Services in 1999. Prior to being named Deputy Director in 2007, she served as a Day Program Team Leader, a Program Manager, the Partners in Caring Coordinator, and Director of Quality Assurance for Behavioral Health. Most recently, Ms. McCleaf was selected as a recipient of the 2015 SmartCEO Brava! Award celebrating female CEOs, nonprofit leaders and high impact executives. The award recognizes leaders who combine their irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community. Ms. McCleaf holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from Hood College and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Minor in Social Work. She is a certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.

Mr. Harr, FSI’s executive staff, and the Board Succession Planning Committee will be working closely to ensure that FSI experiences a smooth transition.

In the coming months, the Family Services Board of Directors and the organization’s staff will announce an event to celebrate Mr. Harr’s retirement and his many accomplishments.

About Family Services, Inc.
Family Services, Inc., a part of the Sheppard Pratt Health System, is the oldest private non-profit social service organization in Montgomery County, Maryland. Founded in 1908, FSI currently operates over 36 distinct programs throughout Montgomery and Prince George's Counties and reaches over 25,000 people each year. FSI has extensive experience developing and implementing in-home and community-based services for individuals, children, adolescents and families. FSI provides prevention and early intervention programs which address family functioning and child development, operates Montgomery County's domestic violence shelter for women and their children, provides holistic psychiatric rehabilitation services to promote health and wellness to persons with persistent mental illness, and operates an adult medical day program. Programs are delivered by culturally and linguistically appropriate professionals and para-professional staff who represent 50 different countries and speak 42 languages.

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