We are happy to inform you that Krista Larson will be joining the Executive Team as Assistant Executive Director for Prevention beginning July 20, 2020. As we work with families overcoming poverty, oppression, and personal struggles, Ms. Larson will apply her expertise, caring, and dedication to helping meet those needs. Krista reports to Associate E.D. Rosemarie Ewing-James. Krista’s initial focus will be to work with Preventive Administrative Director Jasmin Pitts and Clinical Director Rose Jones and the rest of the Preventive team to implement substantially expanded support and therapeutic programs for families in Queens and Brooklyn. Forestdale was assisted on this search by Schall & Russo Planning Works, LLC which specializes in conducting leadership searches for non-profit organizations.
Krista comes to Forestdale with over 20 years of experience in youth and family services, most recently as the Director of the national Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice. In her work at Vera, she succeeded in expanding the effective Adolescent Portable Therapy program to address the mental health and substance use needs of young people involved with the NYC juvenile justice system, leading Vera’s support for Governor Cuomo’s Commission on Youth, Public Safety and Justice which set the stage for the implementation of Raise the Age reforms, partnering with the Georgetown Center on Juvenile Justice Reform as expert faculty in their Crossover Youth Practice Model implementation with ACS, and helping design and launch the Initiative to End Girls’ Incarceration which has its flagship site here in New York City. After obtaining her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1995, she started her career working in the child welfare field in Brooklyn. Krista brings her advanced management and clinical skills to prevention programs at Forestdale. These programs include the Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) and Family Treatment and Rehabilitation (FT/R) models designed to address trauma survivors and families with unique mental health or addiction needs, respectively.
We look forward to adding Krista’s knowledge, enthusiasm, and experience to our array of Preventive services, helping families and youth find the path to a brighter future. Please join me in welcoming her to the Forestdale family.
– Bill Weisberg and Rosemarie Ewing-James