Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT Announces 2015 Leadership Change

Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT Announces 2015 Leadership Change

Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. announced the retirement of CEO Thomas Gullotta, and welcomed the appointment of Chief Operating Officer Rick Calvert to the position beginning January 1, 2015.

“Child & Family Agency and the families we serve are fortunate to have Rick Calvert assuming the position of CEO after thirty years of stellar leadership by Tom Gullotta,” said Sally Crawford, Child and Family Agency’s Board Chairman.  “Rick’s devotion to the agency and his love and respect for the families we serve is inspirational.  The agency will thrive under his insightful leadership and our children and families will receive exceptional care and service.”

Tom Gullotta’s tenure has been marked by growth in both the volume and variety of services that the organization provides to the children and families of southeastern Connecticut.  Tom is the co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion, editor emeritus of the Journal of Primary Prevention, and editor for Issues in Children’s and Families’ Lives.  Tom has co-edited more than 50 social science volumes and published more than 60 papers on families, childhood, and adolescence. He was honored in 1999 by the Society for Community Research and Actions, Division 27 of APA with their Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology Award.

“I’ve been blessed to have been a part of this remarkable organization for so many years,” Gullotta said.  “I am constantly amazed by the network of people who continue to support and advance the work we do for the region’s children and their families.  I know that the organization is in good hands with Rick and the rest of the Child and Family Agency team going forward.”

Rick Calvert has been an accredited, licensed social worker since 1978.  Rick’s background includes post-Masters training in Structural Family Therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, and in substance abuse through UConn’s STEP program.  Since coming to work for Child and Family Agency in 1984, his work has been a core part of the organization’s focus on delivering services that have deep respect for each client’s strengths, and build upon those strengths using program models that have been shown to be effective.  He has also been central to Child and Family Agency’s ongoing efforts to promote cultural and linguistic competency in its service delivery.  He brings a strong commitment to community collaboration to the table.  Through his membership on the CT Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council and the Regional Human Services Coordinating Council covering southeastern Connecticut, he has been a growing voice of advocacy for child and family issues, and for the financial sustainability of critical safety net services.

“I am truly honored by the Board’s faith and trust in me and am excited to work with them as well as our incredible staff of 175 and over 600 auxiliary members to continue the mission of this agency,” Calvert said.  “I am immensely proud of Child and Family Agency’s deep respect for each and every child and family it serves.  We have all seen that anyone’s life can turn on a dime.  This awareness reinforces our deep commitment to respect for clients, our belief in program models that have been proven effective over time, and strong community supports to ensure sustained family health and stability.”