After nearly a decade of working to support, strengthen and expand YBN’s youth development programs, in September 2012, Director of Program Development Kelli Puryear transitioned to a new role as the governor-appointed Associate Director of the New Jersey Office of Adolescent Services.

Ms. Puryear first joined YBN in 2003 within a consultant capacity where she developed processes for optimizing YBN’s initial growth. Within her most recent position as Director of Program Development, Ms. Puryear managed all aspects of service delivery and oversaw YBN’s Intermediary Initiative, which comprises the statewide replication of the agency’s youthful offender program model in Jersey City, Atlantic City, Passaic, and Elizabeth.

Dedicated to, among other things, executing organizational development strategies that ultimately ensured agency effectiveness, Ms. Puryear played a pivotal role in charting YBN to its status as one of New Jersey’s most reputable youth development agencies. Yet beyond her professional contributions, Kelli positively impacted the YBN community in other ways, including mentoring fellow staffers.

Ms. Puryear recently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Ladders to Leadership program where she had the opportunity to enhance her leadership capacity through a curriculum designed for community-based nonprofit health organizations serving vulnerable populations.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Ms. Puryear is a doctoral student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and earned a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University School of Social Work.

YBN is immensely grateful for Kelli’s significant contribution to the agency’s youth development efforts and foresees her continuing a lengthy career of service to those most in need.