Nonprofit hires director of residential services

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Kris Denny. Courtesy D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s

A local adoption and foster care nonprofit has named its new director of residential services.

Grand Rapids-based D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s said this week it hired Kris Denny for the role.

He will oversee the nonprofit’s division that provides a safe place for children who have experienced child abuse or neglect.

Denny brings 17 years of experience working with children and families in various capacities.

Most recently, he was a senior manager for the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he trained social workers in the U.S., Europe and Hong Kong on the school’s family therapy model. In that role, he was coordinator for all New York City programs as the city began a multi-million-dollar initiative to improve services offered to children and families.

Previously, Denny was a program director at Crosswinds Youth Services in Florida and began his career as a therapist for children in foster care.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical pychology, both from the University of Central Florida.

“Kris is exactly the leader we need in our children’s residential treatment division and organization right now, and his blend of theoretical and practical knowledge in behavioral health programming and support to kids and families will be an incredible asset,” said, Susan Conrad, chief programs officer, D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s.

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