PARAMUS, N.J. — The Board of Trustees of Children’s Aid and Family Services — a borough-based nonprofit human services organization serving northern New Jersey — has named Benita R. Miller, Esq. its new president and chief executive officer (CEO).
Effective July 1, Miller will manage all aspects of the agency’s operations. She replaces Joanne Mandry, who is retiring after more than 14 years with the nonprofit, 12 of which were served as chief financial officer.
Miller cited the agency's "rich history of service to vulnerable children and families" as her reason for wanting to work there.
“I look forward to sustaining the agency’s success, as well as developing program innovations that deepen our work,” she stated in a press release.
Children's Aid and Family Services Board of Trustees Chair C. Tyler Mathisen called Miller a "high-energy executive" with the skills needed to enhance their programs and gumption to pursue new opportunities to contribute to the agency's growth.
Miller, who holds a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University College of Law and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Wayne State University, has a proven track record of success in the last two decades working on behalf of children and families in New York. In her most recent role, she served as executive director of the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society. The early education program serves north of 400 children through seven centers in central Brooklyn. Prior to, Miller was an attorney in the juvenile rights practice of the Legal Aid Society, also in Brooklyn. She's founded and led the Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective, a program to help pregnant and parenting adolescents.
In New York City Miller was tapped deputy commissioner of the Division of Family Permanency Services and worked as the executive director of the New York City Children’s Cabinet in the office of the Mayor.