October 9, 2020 – Non-profit-focused executive search firm Egmont Associates has placed William Dávila as the new executive director for the Children’s Study Home (CSH), a Springfield, MA-based organization that provides educational programs for at-risk children.
“We are thrilled that Dr. Dávila decided to return to the Children’s Study Home, where he previously served as deputy executive director, to now lead our agency,” said Gordon Quinn, president of the organization’s board of directors. “His extensive management experience, along with unique knowledge of our agency and passion for our mission, sets the stage for continued and greater success.”
Mr. Dávila, who was selected after an extensive search, brings 25 years of experience in non-profit management and social services as a practitioner, manager, and senior-level administrator and executive, including his tenure as deputy executive director of CSH from 2006 to 2011. He has extensive experience managing and overseeing residential programs, special-education private schools, foster care, outpatient clinics and various case-management programs serving children and families. He also has experience working in CARF-accredited programs and was previously a Council on Accreditation volunteer reviewer, from which CSH recently received full accreditation.
In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Dávila has remained actively involved in the community over the years. He currently serves on the boards of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, New England Public Media and the Massachusetts Council on Gaming & Health. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master’s degree in social work from Boston College and a doctorate of education at the University of Hartford. He is also a licensed social worker in both Massachusetts and Connecticut.
A Social Services Non-Profit
“I am excited and proud to be coming back to lead an organization with so much history and such a storied legacy serving those in our community who are most vulnerable,” Mr. Dávila said. “And I’m eager get to work with such a talented and dedicated group of staff and board members.”
The Children’s Study Home, a 155-year old social services non-profit, is dedicated to partnering with families by providing innovative and educational programs and services that strengthen children and families; empowering them to succeed at home, within the community, and throughout life. CSH serves children, adolescents, and families with special needs throughout the Pioneer Valley, the Berkshires and Cape Cod areas. The children that CSH serves are often struggling to cope with behavioral, psychiatric and cognitive issues related to the experiences they have survived. CSH serves children and families in partnership with the Department of Children and Families and various public school districts.
Egmont Associates, founded in 1999, is a national full-service executive search consultancy specializing exclusively in non-profit CEO searches. Its issue areas include: children and youth, community development, education, health and medicine and volunteering.
Susan Egmont is the search firm’s founder. As a former executive of for-profit and non-profit organizations, Ms. Egmont recognized the most vital element in organizational success to be a tight fit between the CEO’s skills and the organization’s strategic needs. By accepting only CEO searches, her understanding of the needs of executives and leaders has filled a unique niche in the search field. Bringing leadership experience in all aspects of non-profit management – board development, program management, evaluation, finance, human resources, fund development, training, marketing, and operations – Ms. Egmont provides a deep understanding of the challenges organizations face during executive transition. She has completed more than 200 successful searches in organizations focused on human services of all types: education, the environment, civic engagement, healthcare, and arts and culture nationally and internationally.
Prior to founding Egmont Associates, Ms. Egmont was responsible for implementation of school-to-career reforms in the high schools of the Boston Public Schools at the Boston Private Industry Council. As director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ foundation, she designed and directed a mobile healthcare program and built support for a successful campaign to restructure state health insurance for children. At the Atlanta Community Food Bank, she developed the organization from start-up to recognition as Atlanta’s “best managed non-profit.” Her previous for-profit positions included leadership in advertising and manufacturing.
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