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Familylinks Names Stacey Vaccaro as New President & CEO

Media Contact: Lauren Galletta, Director of Development & Outreach


Pittsburgh, PA – June 15, 2020 – Familylinks has named veteran non-profit executive Stacey Vaccaro, the current executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, as its new president & CEO. She will succeed Don Goughler, who has led the human services organization on an interim basis since November. Ms. Vaccaro will assume the post on July 29, 2020.

“Having served The Children’s Institute for the past 20 years, Stacey has a depth and breadth of experience touching nearly every aspect of non-profit operations,” said Tony Matteo, Board Chair of Familylinks. “She is passionate about services for vulnerable populations and has dedicated her career to ensuring those services are of the highest quality. We are delighted to have the benefit of her expertise as she takes on the role of president & CEO and leads the way in advancing our critical mission.”

“Familylinks has a rich history of serving the entire human services continuum,” said Ms. Vaccaro. “As the landscape continues to evolve, there is extraordinary potential for the organization’s important work to grow, thrive and have an even greater impact in and beyond our community. I have great admiration for Familylinks’ work and am honored to have the opportunity to work with the board, staff and partners to ensure its continued success in delivering vital family services to thousands of people in need.”

As executive vice president and COO of The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, Ms. Vaccaro provided operational leadership for outpatient physical and behavioral health services, physician services, family services programs, care coordination, plant operations, medical records, compliance, risk management and quality programs. She also played a key role in aligning operational and strategic goals with state and local leadership to create programs that best service consumers through traditional, program-funded and value-based models. Previously she served as Vice President of Quality and Clinical Operations, and before that, in various roles in Quality, Ancillary Operations and Support.

A graduate of Slippery Rock University, she also holds a Master of Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, she is board certified in healthcare leadership by the American College of Healthcare Executives. About Familylinks: Familylinks is a nonprofit organization committed to building healthy communities by strengthening individuals and families through the provision of comprehensive, quality services. By believing in the worth of those served, Familylinks assures that all children, families and seniors in western Pennsylvania have the tools they need to be healthy, happy and strong for life. To learn more, visit