Family and Children’s Services (FCS) is proud to name Ron Bunce as its chief operating officer. Bunce assumed the role effective August 1, 2017.
As COO, Bunce will lead FCS’s overall business strategy and daily programmatic operations while supporting CEO F.T. Burdenin the development and operation of programs, financial management strategies, policies and procedures, fundraising, and community engagement.
In addition to serving as a liaison to the FCS Board and other stakeholders, Bunce will have a key role in developing and implementing the FCS mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.
“I am thrilled to join the accomplished team of social workers and support staff at FCS,” Bunce said. “My objective is to work with our team to improve access to our services on behalf of individuals, children, and families, and fervently promote that caring for our mental well-being is equal in importance to caring for our physical health.”
Bunce is an accomplished executive with several years of experience working within organizations driven to achieve social impact. Most recently, he served as the executive director of the New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest professional association of social workers worldwide with more than 120,000 members. Prior to joining NASW, Bunce served the mission of Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Oneida County from 2005-2015 as its executive director.
His core professional skills include program development, visioning and innovation, accounting, financial management, evidence-based management, and funder/donor relations.
“FCS is delighted that Ron has chosen to join our team,” Burden said. “The skills and experience he brings to the table sync up very well with the needs of the agency as we work collectively to meet the social needs of individuals living in Baltimore and the surrounding communities.”
Bunce holds a Master’s degree in social work and is pursuing a Ph.D. in social welfare policy from the University of Albany. He is particularly interested in the growing body of research pertaining to dietary patterns and their implications for mental health. A native of upstate New York, Bunce enjoys cycling and running as well as spending time in the garden. He’s enthusiastic about moving down south to join FCS.
“It’s inspiring to be a part of FCS’ commitment to creating actionable change to better serve all people, but especially those who are vulnerable, oppressed, and often living in poverty,” Bunce said. “This cannot be accomplished without recognizing and working to address systems and structures that directly impact health outcomes in our local communities. I am eager to get started.”
About Family and Children’s Services
Family and Children’s Services is a non-profit human services organization based in Baltimore for more than 165 years. The agency provides a broad range of free and low-fee support services to people of all ages through its core of behavioral health services and case management programs. With ten locations in Baltimore and the surrounding counties, FCS serves thousands of individuals and families every year dealing with the challenges sustained in areas such as trauma, domestic violence, mental health issues, raising families, and caregiving. For more information and a complete list of FCS services and programs, visitfcsmd.org. Follow FCS on Facebook at facebook.com/fcsmd/.