Press Release

Familylinks Names James Needles Chief Information Officer

Pittsburgh, PA (January 6) – Familylinks announced the appointment of James Needles to the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO). With extensive information technology experience spanning over 35+ years, Needles brings valuable leadership to Familylinks’ executive team. As CIO, Needles will provide overall strategic leadership of information technology, data management and data security, as well as offer a hands-on approach to collaborative problem solving related to technology needs. He will ensure that Familylinks is well positioned from a technology lens to best meet the needs of staff and the individuals served by Familylinks.

“Jim’s leadership experience and commitment to the mission of Familylinks will be a welcome addition to our leadership team,” said Stacey Vaccaro, president and CEO of Familylinks. “In today’s environment, technology is at the center of everything we do, and I look forward to Jim’s expertise to move our strategic plans forward.”

Prior to joining Familylinks, Needles was the Vice President of Business Information Systems at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. There, he modernized the business technology systems and implemented new systems and processes to ensure efficiency and produce improved outcomes. Prior to his fourteen-year tenure at the YMCA, Needles served in various leadership and technology roles with organizations like KTA Tator, Fisher Scientific and Daimler Benz, as well as some entrepreneurial ventures.

“What is truly exciting for me is leading organizations through the technical transformations to better serve both internal and external customers,” said Needles. “Through the enabling and enhancing an organization’s business processes with efficient and effective technology, new levels of performance and service will be accomplished, which will further support the amazing mission of Familylinks.”

Needles earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

In his free time, Needles enjoys endurance sports like cycling and running, volunteering leading group exercise classes to transform the lifestyles of others, and he is very active in his church.

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


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