Szafran to Join Aetna Better Health of W.Va.


WHEELING – The board of directors of Crittenton Services Inc. has announced that Kathy Szafran will be leaving her position as president and CEO of the organization.

Szafran is joining Aetna Better Health of West Virginia as senior project manager, a new role overseeing the managed care organization for West Virginia local youth in adoption and foster care placement.

“We congratulate Kathy on her new position and are appreciative of the professionalism and passion she dedicated to Crittenton,” said Steve Mazure, board president. “Under Kathy’s leadership, Crittenton has had more than 20 years of advancement as an accredited behavioral health agency.

“We know that in her new role, her expertise, experience and vision will benefit all of the state’s children in foster care. Her new position offers her a broader opportunity to serve the needs of West Virginia’s children and families — it is an extension of her many years of advocacy for quality behavioral health care in the state,” he said.

Szafran joined Crittenton in 1993 as the assistant director of client services. She advanced to the position of executive vice president in 1999. She was chosen by the board to lead the organization as president and CEO in 2002.

Included among her many achievements was Crittenton’s accreditation by the Council on Accreditation for the highest standards of clinical and residential practice.

She positioned Crittenton as a leader in the integration of trauma-informed practice, by engaging the agency in national research on early childhood adversity and adopting cutting-edge practice in trauma-focused treatment.

In addition to her service to Crittenton, Szafran has been appointed to participate and to provide leadership in many state-wide initiatives. She is a national presenter and teacher for trauma-focused and gender-responsive care.

She has been an active advocate for marginalized girls through the agency’s association with the National Crittenton Foundation. Szafran is a founding member of the West Virginia ACEs Coalition, an organization of more than 300 organizations and members working to improve health and well-being by reducing and preventing early childhood adversity.


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