In This Issue:
Light Up the Night
Academy Graduates
Senior Leadership Announced
Sanctuary In Mount Vernon

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Light Up the Night Gala   
Raises $228,000!  
Over 200 friends and partners helped ANDRUS Light Up the Night, October 4 at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains. The gala was in celebration of ANDRUS' 85th Anniversary and honored James J. Landy of Hudson Valley Bank and St. Faith's House Foundation.
"This was certainly a night of celebration for the ANDRUS community," said ANDRUS President and CEO Mimi
Clarke Corcoran. "The evening could not have been successful without the generous support of our donors and sponsors from near and far."

During the evening, Chief Strategy Officer Lorelei Vargas and Chief Operating Officer Bryan Murphy led a spirited charity auction by telling guests how music therapy has impacted the children ANDRUS serves. The audience was then invited to 'bid' and in just a few minutes, $45,000 was raised for the ANDRUS Music Initiative to build a broader music program as healing therapy for the children at ANDRUS.
Thanks to the Board, staff, friends and partners who made our fall event such a success!
ANDRUS' Inaugural Leadership Academy Class Graduates

Seven ANDRUS employees have completed a comprehensive
eleven month management course that the agency launched for the first time last September. The ANDRUS Leadership Academy

offers intensive exposure to the skills staff will need to be a successful manager, and provides a foundation for developing the traits required of top-level ANDRUS leaders. These skills are presented and defined within the context of Sanctuary values and goals.  


Tito Del Pilar, Vice President of Human Resources and Knowledge Management, developed and implemented the program. "ANDRUS is committed to building our capacity to have high quality, Sanctuary-informed leaders. We are really proud of the success of the program, and have already recruited our next cohort". 

ANDRUS Announces Senior Leadership Team
President and CEO Mimi Clarke Corcoran announced her Senior Leadership Team this month, a group of talented staff that will forge the organization into the future.  "I believe the work that we do takes a team and one that works collaboratively so that we leverage our many talents and resources. I have been working to build my senior leadership team, who I will rely on to guide the transition with me and our work going forward.This Senior Leadership structure will support the growth of the organization and our board, and ensure that we continue on our path to excellence" said Corcoran.

  • Bryan Murphy, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  His responsibilities include the day to day operations of the Campus Division, Orchard School, Residential, Clinical and Health Center Services, Management Information Systems, Facilities and Operations, and Compliance.
  • Lorelei Vargas, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer.  Lorelei will be developing and guiding our strategic planning across the organization, supporting programs and partnerships, overseeing direct operational assignments to support strategic growth as needed; building a solid comprehensive funding base to support our vision; and providing guidance on relevant public policy and advocacy issues.
  • Kerron Norman, Vice President of Community Based Programs.  Kerron will be responsible for all Community and Mental Health programs.  Kerron will continue to lead the growth and development of our work in the community, ensuring our programs are high quality and safely managed; managing documentation and reports to ensure it is clear, accurate and timely; and taking the lead on understanding the emerging changes to the healthcare system.
  • Derek Kolleeny, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  In this role, Derek oversees all functions and business relationships relevant to the organization's financial operations; ensures full compliance with all regulatory requirements and reporting activities. 
  • R. Tito Del Pilar, Vice President of Human Resources and Knowledge Management.  Tito will be responsible for managing all Human Resource functions including the recruitment, hiring, benefits management, and the professional development of all Andrus personnel.
Partnership with Mount Vernon School District Begins

With the goal of creating a trauma sensitive environment for students, families and staff, ANDRUS and the Mount Vernon City School District began a one-year project, "Creating Sanctuary in Mount Vernon Schools," designed to produce improved expertise to positively address early signs of students' behavioral issues. The goal of the program is to improve classroom management and reduce student suspensions, unfounded calls to Child Protective Services (CPS), and the number of children being placed in special education classes.


ANDRUS  and the Mount Vernon School District were awarded $100,000 from the NYS Office for Children and Family Services to fund the innovative project. The program will be implemented for the 2013- 2014 school year at the Williams and Grimes Elementary Schools and Longfellow and Davis Middle Schools.


Professional development services will be provided for teachers, administrators and support staff regarding mental health and behavioral strategies for responding to students' needs. The Sanctuary Model will be used in workshops and tailored trainings for school staff to gain a fuller awareness of the impact of trauma and adverse experiences on student behavior and academic performance. They will learn to use Sanctuary tools, to recognize and address the needs of students with traumatic histories.


"Our approach will focus on creating a trauma informed school community.  Sanctuary creates a system-wide understanding recognizing the impact trauma has on human behavior and develops an ecological approach to addressing trauma and adversity at all levels - from children and families, to teachers and staff," said Kerron Norman, Vice President of Community Based Programs at ANDRUS.
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ANDRUS provides support and treatment for 2,500 children and their families throughout Westchester suffering from emotional illness and trauma. The agency offers prevention, assessment, educational, treatment and research programs that help children and families achieve healthy, stable lives.  ANDRUS has grown from its origins as an orphanage into a premier non-profit mental health, social service and special education provider and resource for Westchester.