On behalf of the Board of Directors of Crisis Support Services of Alameda County, I am delighted and very pleased to announce that Narges Dillon has accepted the position of Executive Director. As you know, Nancy Salamy will be retiring at the end of August and it has been a daunting challenge for the search committee to find someone to follow in her footsteps and lead CSS into the future.
Narges’ career to date has been dedicated to mental health and community service with experience in non-profit leadership. She has first-hand knowledge of the field of crisis intervention and suicide prevention and counseling. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who began as a clinician at StarVista, a large non-profit organization in San Mateo County. She quickly became Program Coordinator for the StarVista hotline, then Program Director for their Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center, and Child and Family Resource Center. She was recently promoted to Department Director for Early Childhood and Family Services where she oversees many clinical and community-based programs, collaborates with governmental agencies, community partners and foundations and is responsible for strategic planning, financial practices, and quality assurance. As you can see, these experiences along with her excellent interpersonal skills and her exceptional abilities to maintain and develop programs in a changing environment make her an excellent fit for our agency and all of our programs.
Narges will begin her role as Executive Director on Aug 20th and I know she looks forward to meeting and working with you. Nancy will stay on until the end of August to help with orientation and the leadership transition. The board and staff are all eager to welcome Narges to CSS and to work with her to continue the splendid record of service of our agency to the community. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Susan Sniderman, M.D.
President, Board of Directors