CCC Welcomes Deborah Saunders as its new Executive Director!
Debbie comes to the Center for Community Counseling with over 30 years’ experience working in nonprofits with a focus on serving vulnerable populations. Debbie started with the Armed Services YMCA in Boston working with both military personnel and community members. Over the years she worked at several different YMCA’s across the country including Atlanta, Seattle and New Hampshire. Raising her daughter, Amanda, in the Y meant that Amanda was in preschool, afterschool, camp, gymnastics and swimming (she was one of the “Y rats” a name given to staff kids!)
An opportunity opened up at Children’s Cove on Cape Cod to take a grant funded program to a fully-fledged Child Advocacy Center. The Center worked with child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse as well as adult victims with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Debbie was there for ten years and was proud to see it become a state-of-the-art provider. Next Debbie became the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Over 7 years that business grew substantially under Debbie’s leadership becoming one of the top producing agencies nationally for Savers/Value Village. Moving to Portland, Debbie became the Executive Director of Africa Bridge, a nonprofit headquartered in Portland but serving vulnerable children and families in Tanzania. Before coming to CCC, Debbie served Southern Oregon Aspire in Grants Pass as their CEO.
When the opportunity opened at CCC for a new Executive Director Debbie decided to apply. She was moved by the mission and wanted to be closer to Amanda.
“I am so excited to be joining the Center for Community Counseling! When I interviewed, I had the chance to meet staff, volunteers, Board members and interns. Those conversations were inspiring; touching my heart. The mission of CCC is so compelling, the work so rewarding; Transforming Lives and Healing Relationships is truly exciting! I look forward to helping CCC maintain its excellence in service delivery and grow to serve more people in ways we have not yet begun to imagine.”
Lesley Sabini, QMHA
Lesley is the Office Manager/phone screener of the Center for Community Counseling. She’s been at the center since March 2003. Lesley has a BA in English from Ramapo College in NJ and studied acting at HB Studios in NYC. Lesley became a QMHA in 2012. She is a native of New York, but now feels at home in Oregon. She enjoys performing voice overs and other acting opportunities, coastal adventures, reading and traveling. She lives in Eugene with her husband August and daughter Rose.
Melissa Thomas, LPC
Thank you Melissa for your many years of services to CCC.