Family & Youth Services Bureau President and Program Directors
BeLinda Georgeff, President & CEO
BeLinda has served in a variety of different management capacities at FYSB since 2010 and as Vice President/Grants Manager in her last role prior to being promoted to President & CEO. She has an array of experience working in social services and has provided vocational rehabilitation and counseling services for disabled veterans as well as special education, mental health, and counseling services for at-risk youth and those with exceptional needs.
BeLinda earned her bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice and master’s degree in Counseling, all from Purdue University. She is an avid sports fan and particularly enjoys mixed martial arts and baseball. Being a die-hard Cubs fan, Wrigley Field is her favorite place to be during non-work hours. She also enjoys exercising, going to the beach and spending time with her daughter.
Melanie Dooley, MS, Director of Prevention and Early Intervention Services
For the first seven years employed by FYSB Melanie worked as a Family Support Specialist, and since 2012 she has been the Director of Prevention and Early Intervention Services. As part of this department, Melanie oversees the Healthy Families Program and The Tot Shop.
She finds it most rewarding when she sees the growth in her staff and the families they serve.
Although she was born in Indiana, Melanie grew up in the San Diego area and today in her spare time enjoys spending time with her husband, four children, twelve grandchildren, camping and traveling.
Sarah Fink, Director of the Porter County CASA Program
Sarah began volunteering with the CASA program in 2011 and was later hired as Staff Advocate, working in that capacity until her recent transition to Director of the Porter County CASA Program. She replaced Claudia Clark who retired in December 2016 after working more than 20 years with Family & Youth Services Bureau.
“I am grateful to be working with such committed and terrific staff members and volunteers who care deeply about a child’s right to be safe, and treated with dignity and respect.” Sarah and her husband, Joe, have raised four children in the Valparaiso community over the last twenty years. She holds a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and declares one of her greatest joys to be performing music with her own kids, or watching them perform, since they are also all musicians. Sarah says along with her passion for music and the arts, she has also always had a passion for social justice and children’s rights issues. “We learn so much from the children whose stories we come to know, and it is a life-changing experience for all of us to serve and support them.”
Kate Flannery, Director of Development and Community Relations
Kate Flannery has worked as the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Reading In Motion in Chicago. Prior to that she was a grant writer and entrepreneur. Kate has earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Boston University and master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Kate has lived in Valparaiso with her two sons for ten years but grew up in Los Angeles and spent the majority of her adult life on the east coast in New York and New Jersey. She looks forward to increasing awareness of the significant contribution FYSB makes in Porter County.
The development aspect of her job at FYSB entails contacting local residents, businesses and organizations and asking them to financially support the many programs and services offered by the agency. She also creates and updates the web site, the newsletter, and all marketing and promotional materials for the agency.
Carrie Honeycutt, Director of Operations
Carrie Honeycutt is the Director of Operations for Family & Youth Services Bureau. Her professional background consists of greater than 25 years in mental and traditional medical health care with most of it in nonprofit. “I am passionate about working for a business that believes in helping and making a difference in the lives others. I may not be making a difference directly in their lives but I can say that I am proud to be part of a team that does,” states Carrie.
Carrie has two sons who are both attending college and believe in helping others just like their mom. She enjoys spending time with close family and friends and her dogs. During her free time, she loves reading and believes you can never have too many books.
Jessica White, Director of Clinical Services
Jessica has been a part of FYSB since 2013 starting as an intern and becoming a part of the Clinical Services team on a permanent basis a year later. Jessica earned her bachelor’s of Science in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University and earned a master’s of Social Work with a focus in mental health and addiction from Indiana University Northwest. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
In regards to her experience at FYSB, Jessica says “The work I’m able to do here aligns almost perfectly with what I envisioned wanting to do in the community where I was born and raised.”