News From the Executive Office


There are two characteristics that all great Family Support Centers (FSC) have in common: a great director and a great sponsoring (or delegate) agency. And you need both for a great FSC, so we pay close attention when there’s a change in leadership, such as the one announced recently by Family & Children’s Services of Central Maryland. Here’s an excerpt from their press release:


Baltimore, MD (December, 2015) – Family and Children’s Services of Central Maryland (FCS), a private nonprofit organization serving Maryland families in crisis, is pleased to announce the appointment of F.T. Burden as Chief Executive Officer.

In the wake of Stanley Levi’s announced retirement after 28 years of leadership, FCS conducted a nationwide review of over 200 candidates, and following an extensive interview process Burden was selected and unanimously approved by the Board of Directors. Burden assumed the position of CEO in September, and directs all facets of this robust 165-year-old nonprofit which offers programs in six (6) counties with a 150-member staff and an $8 million annual budget.

“I’m excited to join FCS and honored to be leading such a talented group of people,” said Burden. “I plan on continuing the organization’s legacy of excellent service with an enhanced focus on increasing our impact.”

Lisa Hayes, who has served as President of the Board of Directors since 2008, will continue in that role. Hayes is Senior Wealth Planner/Senior Vice President of Wealth Management for PNC Bank.

“We are thrilled to have secured someone with F.T.’s energy, passion, experience, and connections to the community,” said Hayes. “The Board and Staff enthusiastically welcome F.T. as our new leader. We are confident in his abilities and excited for the future of the organization.”

Burden joins FCS after nearly 15 years of leadership as President & CEO of AIDS Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. / Empire Homes of Maryland. During Mr. Burden’s tenure with those organizations, AIRS and its subsidiaries grew significantly, including developing 475 housing units and tripling the number of persons served. He raised the profile and stature of AIRS and EHM, establishing solid relationships with government officials, foundation heads and civic leaders. Burden has also been credited with successfully leading the organization through significant periods of environmental, political and economic changes while maintaining uninterrupted service to residents and employment of staff.

We have high hopes for Mr. Burden and wish him well as he begins a new job and learns the ropes at the FSC in Park Heights.