New CHJC executive director announced

WATERTOWN, NY — Board of Directors President, E. Hartley Bonisteel Schweitzer, is pleased to announce the selection of the CHJC’s (Children’s Home of Jefferson County) next Executive Director (ED)). Beginning February 1, 2022, Marianne L. DiMatteo, MSW, PhD, will lead the local child and family welfare Agency. Current ED, Karen Y. Richmond, is retiring after nearly 40 years of service.

Currently the CEO/President of Grant Blackford Mental Health, Marion, Indiana, Dr. DiMatteo has more than 20 years’ experience in the human services field including Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer positions. Grant Blackford Mental Health is a not-for-profit corporation with 200 employees and 19 facilities, serving two counties and approximately 2,000 consumers with outpatient behavioral health to include mental health and substance use disorder treatment, assertive community treatment, and a 16-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital.

Previously, Dr. DiMatteo served as the Chief Operations Officer at Familylinks, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, a human services agency serving more than 11,000 of western Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens each year. She also served at two other Pennsylvania child and family welfare agencies including the Community Guidance Center, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Family Care for Children and Youth.

Dr. DiMatteo holds a PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Social Work from California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA.

With more than 20 human services’ programs, annually serving nearly 3,000 youth and adults, CHJC is northern New York’s longest, continuously running non-profit organization.

News release Dec. 21, 2021