Zagor Named As VP Of S.I. Mental Health Society
Rockaway resident Fern Zagor has been named the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Staten Island Mental Health Society, West Brighton. Zagor’s new position will see her responsible for the daily operation of the agency’s 17 mental health and related programs that serve more than 6,600 children with special needs at 25 locations throughout Staten Island.
Zagor’s most recent position was as chief administrator of Community and Mental Health Services at the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center. Employed there since 1991, she was responsible for the development and expansion of the Center’s mental health and community services. Zagor has also served as an adjunct professor and faculty advisor at Adelphi University School of Social Work since 1980, and directed the Adelphi/Staten Island Program at South Beach Psychiatric Center from 1980 to 1986.
With more 30 years of professional health, mental health, and human services experience in administration, program and staff development, supervision, and grants development, Zagor has been a consultant and presented lectures at conferences throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
In 2002, she received a declaration of honor from Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and a day was named in her honor in Queens. Zagor also received a certificate of appreciation from Governor George Pataki and the Dorothy Gunning Award as an Outstanding Woman of Queens from former Borough President Claire Shulman.
Staten Island Mental Health Society President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Kenneth Popler, recently welcomed Zagor to the group. He noted, “Fern has a long and distinguished career in the mental health field. She has been recognized by her peers and by community leaders for her important contributions to the development and delivery of children’s mental health services. She will be a great asset to the Society, not only for her professional administrative expertise, but for her sensitivity and understanding of the issues that bring so many children and families to our doors.”