Tuesday February 5, 2008

Catholic Charities Names New Executive Director

Mary-Margaret Pekow Brings Downstate Experience to Oswego County
By Press Release

    Catholic Charities of Oswego County has announced that Mary-Margaret Pekow, LMSW, has been named as the agency's new executive director.

    Pekow joined the staff of Catholic Charities in February 2004 as a clinical supervisor and served in that position until September of 2007 when she was named as the agency's counseling director. In December she succeeded Andrea McCabe when she accepted the position as executive director.

    A native of Orange County, NY, Pekow received her MSW degree from Adelphi University on Long Island. She served as director of Metro Therapy Inc. in New York City, an agency that provided early intervention services throughout the city's five boroughs. As director, Pekow oversaw a staff of 20 and a team of 250 contract therapists.

    During her career at Catholic Charities Pekow became familiar with the agency and its programs, as well as the other human service agencies that exist in Oswego County. In her roles as clinical supervisor and later, as counseling director, Pekow provided clinical support to all of the agency's youth counselors and case managers. She also acted as the agency's clinical liaison with both Oswego County and other human service agencies that Catholic Charities collaborates with.

    Pekow said she is excited about her new position at Catholic Charities and is looking forward to the challenge. 

    "I am very pleased to have this opportunity," said Pekow. "I truly believe in what we do here at Catholic Charities and what we
    have the potential to do in the future.  The role of director is familiar territory to me and I intend to not only continue to provide those who need our services with the highest level of care we can offer, but also expand these services as needed and find ways to implement additional services that are lacking in our community."

    Pekow said one of her priorities as executive director will be to assess the needs that exist in the county and assess the agency's resources to see how to affectively address those needs. According to Pekow one issue that needs to be addressed is the need for therapeutic counseling in Oswego County.

    "Our counselors do a wonderful job in providing supportive level counseling to our clients, however when the time comes for a referral to therapeutic counseling there just isn't enough availability in Oswego County. I would like to
    see Catholic Charities become a registered Medicaid provider so that we could fill that gap,"  explained Pekow.

    She added that other plans include increasing the public's awareness of the programs offered at Catholic Charities
    and upgrading the agency's technical capabilities. 

    Catholic Charities of Oswego County serves all people in need regardless of their religious affiliation. Primary
    funding sources for Catholic Charities of Oswego County programs are the United Way of Greater Oswego County, the Diocesan Hope Appeal, the County of Oswego and private donations by individuals and local companies and
    organizations.