St. Joseph’s Board Chair, Vince Connors
I am honored to assume the responsibilities of Chairman of the Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers. It is a privilege to follow outgoing Chairman, Steven DeMartino, in whose very capable hands we were led these past years.
My connection to St. Joe’s encompasses over three decades. As a practicing Physician’s Assistant (PA) whose life had become broken as the result of alcohol abuse, I entered St. Joe’s inpatient treatment during the summer of 1985. Following my treatment and return to my professional and personal life, I became an officer of the St. Joe’s Fellowship, an alumni association. I have been involved with St. Joe’s, in one capacity or another, ever since. I was the first alumnus to be appointed to the Board many years ago.
Over the years, I’ve been part of many changes at St. Joe’s as we’ve adapted to remain fiscally solvent, regulatory compliant and client responsive.
As we concentrated to meet these needs, I remained the conscience of the Fellowship as its liaison to the Board in an organization steeped in a spiritual culture since its founding by the Franciscan Friars and eventual transition to an independent organization.
I am encouraged and confident that St. Joe’s will continue to meet all challenges before it, having spent many hours around the incredibly dedicated staff. This has only been enhanced as we’ve transitioned over to the Sanctuary Model of organizational culture. It is a safe and healthy environment that delivers quality service. Having said that, the challenges remain significant.
In recent years, we’ve developed an enormously diversified array of initiatives to meet the needs of those we serve, taxing the limits of our wonderful staff: Vets services, supportive housing, family support, expanded outpatient services, inpatient services for clients with greater needs than ever before, increased inpatient services for women, transition housing, hospital intervention presence, a 24 hr. detox and crisis access center, expanded services at our Rose Hill facility, prison inmate treatment and a core curriculum for inmates who desire to enter the field of addiction treatment, building renovations and construction, integrating electronic records—the list is long and impressive.
It remains the Board’s obligation to remain engaged and supportive of our staff and my personal responsibility to see that we do. Finally, it is my vision, despite the tremendous flurry of ongoing activity, to refocus and rededicate ourselves to supporting the Fellowship alumni and their families who have graced us in our outpatient and inpatient services.
– Vince Connors, Chair, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment & Recovery Centers
I will add to Vince’s sentiments my thanks to Vice Chair, Deacon Steven DeMartino and Treasurer, Hal Schmidt, who along with Vince, comprise the Executive Committee of our Board.