Sean Gerow named executive director of the Family Service Association

WILKES-BARRE — Sean Gerow, MS, a strategic leader with more than 25 years of experience in financial management, nonprofit leadership and workforce development, has been named managing director of the Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania (FSA).

Gerow takes office on October 4.

Gerow joins the FSA after serving more than two years as executive director of the Jewish Family Service of Orange County, New York, and providing consulting services to regional nonprofit agencies. His experience includes the areas of long-term care, intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health care, risk and liability, organizational leadership and quality improvement.

“I want to thank the board for the trust they have shown in me,” Gerow said. “I am thrilled to join the Family Service Association and work side by side with this dedicated team to provide exceptional service to the community.”

At Jewish Family Service, he developed and implemented the agency’s annual budget as well as marketing and fundraising plans, which included human resources management and grant writing, tracking and reporting.

“The Family Service Association has a rich history of providing health and social service programs that make a measurable difference in the communities and people it serves,” said Sam Rostock, Chairman of the FSA Board of Trustees. . “The Board is extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Gerow to the Wyoming Valley, as he will build on the agency’s heritage of service to others in the 17 counties we serve.”

Gerow holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York, College at New Paltz, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Management from The New School for Social Research.

As CEO of FSA, Gerow will develop and administer all activities for the 13 health and human services programs offered in 17 counties in northeastern and north-central Pennsylvania. He will be responsible for the direction, leadership and coordination of all agency activities to ensure maximum benefits for clients and the community at large. Gerow will plan and coordinate the long-term strategic planning process and maintain fiscal and budget planning for agency programs and operations.

In August, Creative Benefits Inc. announced that former FSA President and CEO Gertrude C. McGowan, Esq. had been appointed benefits consultant.

McGowan had been CEO of FSA since 2019.

FSA is a non-profit organization serving the region for over 125 years, providing a variety of services to children, individuals, seniors and families, enabling them to reach their full potential by building healthier relationships and stronger communities.

A group of involved and concerned members of the community established FSA in 1895 to provide a variety of services to children, individuals, seniors and families that enable them to reach their full potential by building healthier relationships and ultimately, stronger communities.

Today, its 13 programs provide health and social services to residents of 17 counties, including Bradford, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga , Union, Wayne and Wyoming. counties. The FSA’s PA 211 NE/Help Line provides free information and referral services 24/7/365 to address food and housing insecurity, emergency shelter, ageing, homelessness, services victim and utility and rent assistance, as well as mental health, drug and alcohol services, and after-hours response and crisis management services for local municipalities and offices governmental.

Any resident of counties served by PA 211 NE can get help by calling 211, texting 211 (898-211, plus a zip code), or logging on to For more information about the FSA or to support its programs, please log on to, call (570) 823-5144, or email [email protected]

Contact Bill O’Boyle at 570-991-6118 or on Twitter @TLBillOBoyle.

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