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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (December 30, 2011) – Family Services is pleased to announce that Leah Feldman is the recipient of the 2011 President’s Award, an honor presented each year to a Family Services employee who distinguishes themselves in exemplifying  the values espoused by Family Services.

In the past year Domestic Violence services and systems have been undergoing a high degree of scrutiny and analysis. Leah Feldman, who is an integral part of Family Services’ Battered Women’s Services, serving as the County’s Universal Response to Domestic Violence Coordinator, has been at the forefront of that analysis. Leah has been charged with strengthening the universal response to domestic violence in Dutchess County during this critical time. A comprehensive review of the system was completed for the Dutchess County Legislature, which included a comprehensive set of recommendations. These recommendations led to an increase in funding for Domestic Violence services, despite cuts in many other areas. It also led to an increase in offender accountability measures and changes in State legislation. 

Joan Crawford, Family Services’ Deputy Director Programs offered the following commendations following the announcement of the President’s Award honor: “Leah has brought extraordinary knowledge and skill to these important deliberations as well as remarkable poise under trying circumstances. Her professionalism coupled with a quiet strength has earned her the respect and admiration of a host of stakeholders. Leah’s oral and written presentation skills are of the highest quality, and as such she is often cited in the media, bringing credibility and positive exposure as well as increasing access to services for victims and survivors.  She has been able to foster and deepen collaborations, provide leadership and innovation, and advocacy that is far reaching and sustainable.  Leah demonstrates a deep commitment to the cause as well as to her colleagues and is seen as a trusted advisor and leader to all of us within Family Services”.

Recently appointed Family Services’ Chief Executive Officer, Brian Doyle noted “In my beginning days with this great organization, Leah’s intelligent commitment to the critical issues surrounding Domestic Violence quickly became profoundly apparent”