Child And Family Center Names New CEO
Darrell Paulk gets the job for local non-profit.
Following an extensive national executive search, Terry Martin, Chair of the Child & Family Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Darrell Paulk has been named to head the Center as Chief Executive Officer. Paulk replaces the retiring Liz Seipel, co-founder and leader of the agency for 32 years. From formation in 1976 to its current status as a nationally recognized leader in mental health services that nurture children and their families, the Center serves over 600 individuals each week with a professional staff of 150.
“Liz Seipel’s leadership will be a difficult act to follow,” said Martin, “but we are confident that we have chosen the right successor. Darrell Paulk is a positive and inspirational professional who will take the agency forward into a new era of sustained and growing excellence sensitive to the changing human needs of the Santa Clarita Valley community.”
Paulk comes to the Child & Family Center with more than 40 years of experience working with troubled kids beginning in his freshman year as a part-time counselor and teacher at a residential facility near his college, the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology as well a Master of Science in social work. He also later earned a certificate in executive management from the Peter Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in 1993, rounding out his educational background in service and leadership.
Professionally, he took his early experiences in crisis intervention counseling to agencies such as Shady Brook in Richardson, Texas, the Boys and Girls Aid Society of San Diego and ChildHelp USA, and eventually to the LeRoy Haynes Center for Children and Family Services in LaVerne, where he most recently served as Chief Executive Officer for 18 years. In his capacity as CEO of the LeRoy Haynes Center, he worked closely with the County Department of Mental Health and Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s office. Since 2006 he has consulted with numerous other agencies that needed expert direction, and he has served on accreditation teams gauging the effectiveness of agencies working with children and families.
His philosophy of service is a belief in the professional team effort offering a program that “goes beyond the headlines of horrendous happenings to one that helps and changes children and gets them back on their feet”; a program such as the one that he sees at the Child & Family Center. “I’m excited,” he says, “about the commitment to excellence exhibited by Board and staff leadership alike at C&FC and its Foundation.”
Paulk formally comes on board September 2, 2008. Says Paulk, “My wife and I are looking forward to living and working in the Santa Clarita Valley where we see community pride and a strong focus on family.”