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DATE: February 6, 2013
CONTACT: Kelly Hackworth
PHONE: (800) 532-7239

For Immediate Release

SAFY strengthens leadership naming Scott Spangler Chief Operating Officer

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) --- Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America is pleased to announce it has appointed Scott Spangler to serve as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). As part of SAFY’s Executive Leadership Team, Spangler is responsible for the development and execution of operations consistent with the strategy for all lines of business and services within the organization. He ensures financial profitability, business development and daily operations in all SAFY service locations.

Prior to joining SAFY, Spangler served as the Vice President of Strategic Expansion and Community-Based Services at Pressley Ridge, a $64 million child welfare organization with more than 1100 employees and 58 programs located in six states and two European countries. There he managed $24 million in community-based treatment foster care funds in three states, developed a mission-based strategic plan that expanded the organization, and improved government relations. He cultivated and maintained relationships with key state and national provider organizations and worked with executive leaders to enhance internal and external communications promoting the organization’s strategic goals.

"Scott’s proven ability to develop and execute strategic operations made him a sound choice for our organization," says Richard R. Nedelkoff, SAFY of America President and Chief Executive Officer. "His addition to our leadership team strengthens SAFY’s strategic advancement and enhances our management experience and operational alliances."

Spangler previously served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of three prominent nonprofit organizations and managed operating budgets totaling more than $37 million. In his roles as CEO, he was directly involved in resource development activities, and successfully merged two governing boards into one unified Board of Directors, developing new bylaws and a strategic plan. He successfully orchestrated a corporate integration creating a newly formed organization where he significantly expanded intensive in-home programs and school-based mental health services.

"I have great confidence in Scott’s leadership and the quality staff he joins at SAFY," Nedelkoff says. "Scott lives SAFY’s mission and we look forward to his guidance in promoting and expanding the organization’s continuum of care and progressive treatment models."

Scott is active in many programs and professional associations involving children and families, including the Alliance for Children and Families. His political aptitude and drive to perform have established him as a respected and valued leader in the child welfare industry.


About SAFY. SAFY is a leading national nonprofit organization providing a full continuum of services for youth in the child welfare, behavioral health and juvenile justice systems. Founded in 1984, the organization provides nationally-recognized family and children services in 28 divisions across eight states including Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. To learn more about SAFY and its services, visit