Douglas O’Dell assumed the title of Interim Executive Director on November 1st, 2014 and was appointed Executive Director May 1st, 2015.
A widely respected expert in the field of services to vulnerable populations of children, families and adults, Doug has more than 40 years of professional experience, 24 of them at SCO Family of Services. As SCO’s Chief Program Officer and Assistant Executive Director, he has been responsible for a portfolio of programs that included: evidence-based family support services; mother/child programs; residential, education, and community-based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities; group residential care for older youth in foster care; transitional housing for homeless youth; and both residential and family support services to LGBTQ youth and court-involved youth.
Doug is a staunch advocate and trailblazer for serving youth who are in foster care, court involved or have special needs, keeping them in communities close to their families and friends, in order to foster meaningful connections. He developed a network of residential and campus-based programs that enabled youth with developmental disabilities who were formerly sent to out-of-state schools to return to New York. Committed to juvenile justice reform, he created SCO’s alternative to detention and placement programs serving court-involved youth in their homes with family-based therapy and community-based residences. Doug also launched SCO’s Family Therapy Intervention Pilot (FTIP) which promotes families’ acceptance of their LGBTQ children and provides services to reduce negative risk factors experienced by LGBTQ youth.
Prior to his appointment as Chief Program Officer, Doug served as Assistant Executive Director at SCO for 15 years. He was the Director of Training at the Institute for Families and Children for 11 years, and he also held positions as Training Consultant, Campus Director for St. Mary’s Children and Family Services, Co-director, St. Christopher’s Home Intermediate Care Facility (an SCO program) and various roles in direct care.
Doug is a graduate of the State University of New York at Old Westbury and earned an MA in Training and Adult Learning Theories from the New York Institute of Technology. Douglas has been a member of the COFCCA Residential Care Committee since 2004.