Klingberg Family Centers welcomes new vice president for programs

Published on Friday, 23 August 2019 20:06
Written by Charles Paullin


NEW BRITAIN - Klingberg Family Centers has a new vice president for programs.

Michelle Sarofin filled the position and will oversee the work of the Raymond Hill School, community-based programs and clinical programs including the Outpatient Clinic, Children’s Advocacy Center and Child and Adolescent Trauma Services, a press release from the center said.

“I am very excited to join the exceptional leadership team at Klingberg and look forward to working with the staff to channel our collective passion for the care of Connecticut’s children, families and communities and build on the many strengths of the agency,” Sarofin said in the release.

A licensed clinical social worker, Sarofin has been in the field of social work for 25 years, the release said. The last 13 years she was working for the Department of Children and Families, most recently as superintendent of Solnit Center. Sarofin led the restructuring of the former Riverview Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Place into Solnit Center.

“The selection process was a very rigorous one,” said Dr. Steven Girelli, President/CEO, in the release. “We are excited to add Michelle’s passion for innovation and collaboration to the team. Her leadership and experience will inform our work with children and families far into the future.”

Sarofin takes the place of David Tompkins, who retired at the end of July after more the 40 years in the field of children’s mental health and child welfare, the release continued. He joined Klingberg in October 2010 as vice president of education, child placement and group care, essentially overseeing all campus-based programs. He led Klingberg in the transition from residential treatment to expanded community-based and education programs, creating new ways to help children and families.

“He oversaw the creation of the Children’s Advocacy Center, was instrumental in the creation of the Klingberg Nexus Professional Development Center, and worked collaboratively with the greater community in several capacities, including leading the Coalition for New Britain Youth,” the release said.

Klingberg Family Centers, which has a main campus located in New Britain and another location in Hartford, was founded in 1903, the release said. It helps children and families traumatized by abuse and/or neglect, family problems and mental health issues. For more information on the centers, visit kingber.org.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News on Friday, 23 August 2019 20:06. Updated: Friday, 23 August 2019 20:08.