WATERTOWN, NY — Michelle L. Monnat, LMHC, was recently named CHJC’s (Children’s Home of Jefferson County) Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Since beginning her CHJC career 12 years ago, Ms. Monnat has served in several Agency leadership roles. Working in a variety of departments including Residential, Non Secure Detention, and the Community Clinic, she has extensive experience with all aspects of CHJC programming and operations.
In her role as CFO, Ms. Monnat oversees all aspects of the Agency’s Finance Department, helping strategically align all aspects of financial operations, and supporting program services and operations. Ms. Monnat also retains oversight of the Agency’s Information Technology Department and Contracts Management.
Most recently, Ms. Monnat served as CHJC’s Director of Systems Administration, with responsibilities including the oversight of the Information Technology and Marketing/Public Relations Departments. She also assisted with the coordination of, and the recent transition to, the Agency’s new Empsall Building location.
In 2014, Ms. Monnat served as the primary developer for CHJC’s Therapeutic Crisis Respite Program (TCRP), and for several years, led operations of this innovative, short-term youth and family crisis program. She also coordinated the Agency’s transition to the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT). Responsible for all aspects of Agency grant-related functions, Ms. Monnat has successfully written, secured, tracked, and reported on millions of dollars in Agency grant revenues. She also oversees Agency contracts, as well as Program Statements and Policies and Procedures.
A Lewis County native, Ms. Monnat received both a bachelor’s of science in psychology and master’s of science in mental health counseling, from St. Lawrence University. Since 2017, Ms. Monnat has served on the national Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) Board of Directors. A national
organization, FFTA was established in 1988 and represents more than 450-member agencies throughout the United States and Canada. Ms. Monnat was honored in 2015 as a New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services “Employee of the Year,” and named a 2014 Northern New York
Business Magazine “20 Under 40.” She is also a graduate of the Greater Watertown North Country Jefferson Leadership Institute.