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January 19, 2021
Children’s Study Home Names William A. Dávila as Exec. Dir.
William A Dávila
William A. Dávila

October 2, 2020 — The Children’s Study Home, a Springfield-based nonprofit that serves children, adolescents, and families with special needs throughout the Pioneer Valley, the Berkshires and Cape Cod areas, on Wednesday announced that William A. Dávila has been named executive director.

Dávila, who served deputy executive director of The Children’s Study Home (CSH), from 2006-2011, succeeds Leslie Fisher-Katz, who served as executive director for two years until last June. She is now an independent child and family therapist based in Hadley. Steven Schaffer had had been serving as interim executive director until Dávila assumed the post on Monday.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Dávila decided to return to The Children’s Study Home, where he previously served as Deputy Executive Director, to now lead our agency. His extensive management experience along with unique knowledge of our agency and passion for our mission sets the stage for continued and greater success,” said Gordon Quinn, president of the CSH board of directors.

Dávila has 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and social services as a practitioner, manager, and senior-level administrator and executive. He has extensive experience managing and overseeing residential programs, special education private schools, foster care, outpatient clinics, and various case management programs serving children and families.

He also has experience working in CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited programs and was previously a Council on Accreditation volunteer reviewer, from which CSH recently received full accreditation.

“I am excited and proud to be coming back to lead an organization with so much history and such a storied legacy serving those in our community who are most vulnerable. And, I’m eager get to work with such a talented and dedicated group of staff and board members,” said Dávila.

Dávila earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Master of Social Work degree from Boston College, and Doctor of Education degree in nonprofit management and organizational leadership from the University of Hartford.

Currently he serves on the boards of the Foodbank of Western Massachusetts, New England Public Media, and the Massachusetts Council on Gaming & Health.

CSH, founded as The Springfield Home for Friendless Women and Children in 1865 as one of the first social service agencies in the state. Today, it serves children and families in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families and various public school districts.

For the year ending June 30, 2019, CSH reported $11.1 million in revenue and support, of which $280,000 came from contributions and investments, and $10.4 million in expenses, according to its most recently available annual report.

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