Jewish Family Service of Tidewater gets new chief executive officer

by | Nov 5, 2018 | Other News

Kelly Burroughs

Kelly Burroughs, MA, LAC, BHP, CCTP recently joined Jewish Family Service of Tidewater as the agency’s new chief executive officer. She replaces Betty Ann Levin, who joined United Jewish Federation of Tidewater in July as its executive vice president.

Burroughs brings strong experience managing social service and behavioral health programs, from both the clinical and administrative sides, to JFS.

As the previous vice president of clinical services for Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Southern Arizona, Burroughs worked in partnership with executive leadership, boards of directors,
and community leaders to create sustainable programming to diverse populations Her work helped shape local and state policies related to human services systems. Additionally, she helped build awareness among community leaders and policymakers on the need to support agencies and  programs that serve at-risk populations. Prior to that role, Burroughs provided clinical and administrative supervision to advocacy and behavioral health programs serving thousands of people in Southern Arizona.

Jeff Cooper, JFS board president says, “When we (the search committee) first met Kelly, we were impressed with her background, but more importantly with her energy, enthusiasm, and openness. Kelly takes a collaborative approach to management, working to integrate different departments

“We were clearly impressed by her passion for social services. but also her extensive understanding of the unique needs of the Jewish community and the broader community. We look forward to working with Kelly in the years to come.”

Burroughs holds a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Arizona, post graduate certification in positive behavioral support from Northern Arizona University, and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

“I am so grateful to the board to have been selected to this position,” says Burroughs. “I hear over and over that JFS is a ‘jewel’ in the community. The services that are provided at JFS help fill such a
tremendous need for at-risk and vulnerable people. I am honored to be part of an agency whose mission to heal the world with loving kindness is so evident in its programming.”