Bonnie Brae appoints new
Chief Executive Officer
July 20, 2016 — After a 6 month nationwide search, the Bonnie Brae Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul D. Rieger, MSW, as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Joseph Lemond, Esq., Vice-President of the Board of Trustees led the ten member Search Committee, and is both pleased and excited about their choice of Rieger, "The Search Committee is thrilled that Paul will be Bonnie Brae's new CEO. Paul's experience and passion for Bonnie Brae's mission make him a perfect fit for the organization." Paul will begin his tenure at Bonnie Brae on August 15th.
A native of northeastern Pennsylvania, Rieger brings 25 years of experience dedicated to working with youth and families, most recently as Executive Director of CONCERN Professional Services for Children, Youth & Families, where he has served for 16 years.
CONCERN operates a continuum of foster care, behavioral health, adoption, prevention and residential services in 12 sites across Eastern Pennsylvania and portions of Maryland. At CONCERN, Rieger grew and advanced behavioral health services programming, expanding their continuum of care from placement services to community based mental health and reunification services. This expansion of their continuum not only resulted in greater financial flexibility for the organization, but also fostered increased positive outcomes for the clients served.
Rieger's roots are firmly grounded in residential and behavioral health services for youth. Inspired by his experiences working as a college intern at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Child Behavioral Health Division, Rieger began his career path at KidsPeace in Pennsylvania as a Child Care Counselor before moving up the ranks to Director of Community Residential Services and then onward to Director positions at both Wordsworth at Shawnee and Northwestern Human Services. These early experiences will serve him well as he takes this next step in his career at Bonnie Brae.
"It is both an honor and a privilege to be chosen to lead an organization with such an exceptional history and reputation," said Rieger, " I am looking forward to embracing the Board, the staff and the great community that is Bonnie Brae."
Rieger's first order of business as CEO will be immersing himself in the culture and listening; getting to know the residents, staff, board and stakeholders, developing these relationships so he can plan thoroughly and most appropriately for Bonnie Brae's future. Rieger ultimately hopes to build upon Bonnie Brae's current successes and articulate them to the greater community, focusing on the main themes of family, community and trauma informed care.
Bonnie Brae's current CEO, Bill Powers, a nationally recognized leader in residential care, will retire at the end of August after a distinguished career serving at risk youth and families at programs and agencies in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Oregon, and New Jersey.
Louis DiGiovanni, President of Bonnie Brae's Board of Trustees knows that Rieger has big shoes to fill, but is confident that he has the heart, skills, and experience necessary to move Bonnie Brae forward. "As we close this chapter of unprecedented growth and success with our current CEO Bill Powers, I am confident and enthusiastic that we are turning over the reins of Bonnie Brae leadership to a dynamic individual in Paul Rieger. Paul embraces our Vision and Mission and is the right person to enable Bonnie Brae to serve more children and advance a national model of care."
Bonnie Brae is an extraordinary school and safe haven for boys and young men in crisis, ages 8-21. A fully accredited and nationally recognized Residential Treatment Center, Bonnie Brae is a place for boys to heal, to learn and to grow. 2016 marks Bonnie Brae's 100th Anniversary, which translates to an impact of 10,000 boys and their families in 100 years.
Today Bonnie Brae serves 93 boys at the main campus on 100 acres in Bernards Township and 21 young men at community-based transitional living homes in New Brunswick, Bound Brook and Bridgewater. For 100 years, when all other resources have failed, Bonnie Brae has been a safe haven for boys-in-crisis. To learn more, visit www.bonnie-brae.org or contact the Development Department at 908-647-4700.