Nonprofit hires director of family preservation services


Grand Rapids-based D.A. Blodgett - St. John's is a nonprofit that "works in partnership with our community for the good of children." Photo via

A local nonprofit has named a new director of family preservation services.

Grand Rapids-based D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s said last month it hired Susan Conrad to oversee a multi-program division comprised of community-based adolescent behavioral health and family support services. 

Jim Paparella, president and CEO of the nonprofit, said Conrad’s “experience, dynamism and community connections” make her a “perfect fit.”

"She also has strategic vision as we strive to expand services to meet demand,” Paparella said.

Conrad's background

Conrad started her career at D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s nearly 30 years ago as a residential children's counselor and has worked for a variety of child welfare organizations since that time.

She received the B93 Roof Sit for Kids Award for her commitment to the cause of child abuse prevention and is the past board president of the Michigan Network for Youth and Families.

Conrad holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Alma College and a master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University.

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