Westport's Positive Directions is excited to announce the appointment of new Executive Director, Jennifer Hrbek, LCSW. Jennifer comes with a wealth of business development and clinical experience in the non-profit sector. She spent the last four years at the Women’s Business Development Council where she was instrumental in leading program development and community partnerships in support of female entrepreneurs throughout the state of Connecticut. Additionally, she spent the last year moonlighting as a therapist at Personal Growth Concepts, Inc. – a private social service agency providing outpatient counseling. Her clinical experience also extends back to her work at Silver Hill Hospital as a residential counselor working with those struggling with mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
“It’s an absolute honor to serve as Positive Directions’ new Executive Director” Jennifer states with a smile. “Positive Directions is a highly regarded organization with a nearly 50-year history of leading prevention efforts and providing counseling in Westport and the surrounding towns. I’m inspired by all of the support the agency has been shown over the years through its rich history. I’m looking forward to growing and expanding these efforts as we head into the new year and continue to build on the foundation that already exists.”
Lynn Abramson, Positive Directions Board President adds, “We are thrilled to welcome our dynamic new Executive Director, Jennifer Hrbek. Her experience as both a clinician and an administrator, as well as her energy and enthusiasm, are the perfect combination to lead Positive Directions in this challenging climate for non-profits. In the few short weeks she has been with us, she has already wowed our Board with her vision, organizational skills and accomplishments. We look forward to introducing her to all of our community partners and supporters.”
Jennifer holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service where she graduated at the top of her class with special recognition from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Additionally, she holds a unique distinction as a Certified Financial Social Worker. Most recently she was nominated as a Fairfield County Business Journal “40 Under 40” Young Professional.