Family & Children’s Association Appoints New Board Member
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MINEOLA, NEW YORK, April 4, 2018– Long Island nonprofit Family & Children’s Association (FCA) has named Nassau County Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan to its Board of Trustees.
Representing District 18, Mr. Lafazan was elected to the Nassau County Legislature in November 2017, becoming the youngest legislator ever to serve in the County. Prior to his current role, Mr. Lafazan was elected to the Syosset School Board of Education at the age of 18 in May 2012. He was re-elected in 2015.
In 2011, Mr. Lafazan founded Safe Ride Syosset, a community outreach program aimed at preventing adolescents from driving while intoxicated. The following year, he was named to the Long Island Press’ Power List of the 50 Most Influential People on Long Island, and was a recipient of the New York State School Boards Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.
Drew Crowley, Board Chair, FCA, said of the recent appointment, “FCA’s Board of Trustees welcomes Joshua Lafazan with open arms. As FCA looks toward the future, it is crucial for us to gain insight and perspective from prominent leaders who represent the upcoming generation. Josh’s deep understanding of the communities he has served and the issues they face comes from a wealth of experience and knowledge he has gained since a very young age, and it is clear that his values align well with FCA’s mission.”
Mr. Lafazan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also the author of “Political Gladiators: How Millennials Can Navigate the 21st Century Political Minefield and WIN!”
“FCA is honored to appoint Joshua Lafazan to its Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, President/CEO, FCA. “Josh is an inspiring leader who represents the future generation of Long Island with no hesitation to confront some of the biggest issues Nassau County is currently facing. I have had the pleasure of knowing Josh for several years and have witnessed his tremendous and ongoing efforts to curb the opioid crisis on Long Island. I believe Josh’s energy, passion and intellect, along with his agenda for Nassau County in 2018 will serve as a key asset to further FCA’s mission for years to come.”
Joshua Lafazan said, “It’s my honor to join such a storied organization, with a decades-long track record of helping Nassau County’s most vulnerable citizens. To serve alongside my longtime mentor- Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds- is a true privilege, and I am excited to get to work on behalf of the residents who need our help.”
For the past five years, Mr. Lafazan has served on the Board of Directors of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD), which is now an affiliate of FCA, as well as the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force. He is committed to combatting the heroin and opioid epidemic and mirrors FCA’s mission to enhance the recovery of Long Island residents who are struggling with addiction.
About Family & Children’s Association
Family & Children’s Association is a not-for-profit agency helping nearly 20,000 of our neighbors each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.
Through an integrated network of services and counseling, Family & Children’s Association provides help and hope to under-served and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The agency offers Addiction Treatment and Behavioral Health Services; Educational Opportunities and Life Skills for Youth; Strategies for Building Family Success; Counseling, Services and Support for Adults and Seniors; Shelter and Services for Homeless Youth, Adults and Veterans; and Innovative Approaches to Strengthening Communities.
Family & Children’s Association has been nationally recognized as a model of excellence, fiscally sound, well-managed and possessing an impeccable reputation in providing community-based social services. The agency embraces more than 200 individual volunteers, corporate groups, community groups and sponsors who join together to be part of something bigger than them.
For more information about Family & Children’s Association, visit www.familyandchildrens.org.