WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Susan Richardson, a senior program officer in the health-care division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salam, has been named director of Reclaiming Futures, a national program to improve drug and alcohol treatment for teens in 29 juvenile courts in 17 states.
Richardson will join Reclaiming Futures on June 1, succeeding Laura Nissen, the founding director, who is an associate professor at the School of Social Work and plans to return to teaching and research while also consulting with Reclaiming Futures.
The national office of Reclaiming Futures, an initiative created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is housed in the Regional Institute of the School of Social Work at Portland State.
Richardson, formerly executive director of the Annie Penn Charitable Trust, now the Reidsville Area Foundation, has led a three-year effort at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust involving the state’s juvenile justice and treatment leaders that resulted in the adoption of the Reclaiming Futures model by juvenile courts in six North Carolina counties.
“Susan’s work – and especially the terrific partnerships she built among North Carolina’s public agencies, foundations and community organizations j-offers a roadmap for how Reclaiming Futures can spread its model across the country,” Karen McNeil-Miller, president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, says in a statement.