7/31/12 Para Los Niños Strengthens Its Focus On Delivering High-Quality Youth Services
(LOS ANGELES, July 30, 2012) Para Los Niños, Los Angeles County's leading non-profit agency focused on the education and well being of at-risk children, has hired an experienced executive to strengthen its efforts to ensure the quality and effectiveness of its programs.
Josh Ciszek assumes the new position of Chief Administrative Officer at Para Los Niños, overseeing human resources, information technology, and efforts focused on quality assurance and evaluating the outcomes of the organization's innovative child education programs. He also will be responsible for risk management and ensuring that Para Los Niños meets the standards of the Council on Accreditation, which works with human service organizations to improve service delivery.
"Josh brings to this position an unusual combination of experience in designing and implementing information services and providing mental health counseling to under-privileged children," said Martine Singer, President and CEO of Para Los Niños. "He is the ideal candidate to strengthen our efforts to deliver effective services as efficiently as possible. Our focus on effectiveness and efficiency ensures that, in this time of limited government support, we can help the greatest number of children with the resources available to us.
Ciszek, who will report to Singer, comes to Para Los Niños from a position as Vice President of Information and Technology at the Village Family Services in North Hollywood, an agency that works with neglected and abused children and youth. At the Village, he implemented an electronic health record system and helped the agency use data to improve its clinical and operational efforts.
Before joining the Village, Ciszek served as statewide Director of Quality for EMQ FamiliesFirst, California's largest social services agency for children and their families. At EMQ, Ciszek designed and implemented a continuous quality improvement (CQI) model to help all agency programs and departments measure and improve the quality of their services.
Ciszek also has experience in the business world, having designed and implemented healthcare information systems while at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). At Kana Software he consulted with start-ups and Fortune 500 companies on designing and implementing customer relationship management (CRM) programs. He also worked for Psomas Engineering, helping governments develop geographic information systems.
In addition to his quality measurement and assurance work, Ciszek, who holds a Master's in Psychology from Antioch University, has worked directly with under-privileged children in Los Angeles County. He has served as an intern at Los Angeles County mental health agencies such as Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services and the Maple Counseling Center and operated a private practice to assist couples and families in need.