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DATE: July 3, 2012
CONTACT: Kelly Hackworth
PHONE: (800) 532-7239

For Immediate Release

SAFY names Norman Pfaadt Senior Vice President of Finance

(Delphos, OHIO) – Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America is pleased to announce it has appointed Norman Pfaadt to serve as its Senior Vice President of Finance. As part of SAFY’s Executive Leadership Team, Pfaadt is responsible for the financial liability of the organization and manages a plan of internal controls which ensure compliance with corporate accounting functions, financial agreements and auditing standards. He develops fiscal policies to comply with all regulatory and contractual requirements, and oversees a system to protect corporate assets.

Prior to joining SAFY, Pfaadt served as founder and principal consultant for The Bluegrass Group, LLC, where he managed fiscal projects for a $1.6 billion privately held national healthcare and human services company. While there, he restructured financial reporting requirements and had direct responsibility for developing project plans, defining project requirements, managing work flow to ensure timelines were met, coordinating multi-departmental goals, and facilitating communication of deliverables among team members and senior management.

In addition, Pfaadt served for eight years as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance for HealthEssentials Solutions Inc., the nation’s largest provider of geriatric primary medical care with annual revenues of $70 million.

"The addition of Norman to the SAFY organization and our Executive Leadership Team is significant," says Richard R. Nedelkoff, President and Chief Executive Officer. "His experience and expertise in finance and organizational stewardship brings SAFY a unique balance of strategy, experience and knowledge, strengthening the foundation of the organization and significantly advancing the scope and capacity of our agency."


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 continuum of care model, visit