The Safer Society Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Mary Falcon as the nonprofit agency’s new Executive Director, effective December 29, 2014.
Mary brings to Safer Society extensive publishing knowledge gained through 30 years in higher education publishing at Random House, HarperCollins, Barron’s Educational Series, Houghton Mifflin Company, and Cengage Learning. In her role as Director of Editorial and Production for the Safer Society Press over the past three and a half years, Mary has expanded the print and media production capabilities of the Press. She has acquired, developed, and published a number of important professional books and training DVDs, including The Safer Society Handbook of Sexual Abuser Assessment and Treatment. She has an extensive list of new books and DVDs under contract to be published in 2015 and beyond.
“The time is right for fresh leadership,” said Joe Acinapura, long-time board President. “Mary has impressed the board with her publishing savvy and her vision for the agency. While publishing is not the only activity of Safer Society, it is the primary source of operating revenue. The publishing world is changing fast. We believe Mary is the right person to guide the agency at this time.”
Along with her new responsibilities as Executive Director of the Safer Society Foundation and the Safer Society Press, Mary will continue to acquire new publications and direct the editorial and production operations of the Press.
Mary replaces Brenda Burchard, who took the reins of the agency in 2002. “Upon her departure, we thank Brenda for her significant contributions to the organization and wish her the very best in any future endeavor,” said Acinapura.
Safer Society is a nonprofit agency located in Brandon, Vermont. It works to end sexual abuse and personal violence. The organization was established in the early 1980s by peace advocate and civil rights activist Fay Honey Knopp, a pioneer in creating a national and international community of professionals focused on this important mission.
As a long-time advocate in prevention of sex abuse and advocacy for those who do sexually offend to gain good counsel and reentry opportunities, and someone who has communicated with Safer Society since I first began work in this field in 1993, I welcome you and congratulate you to your new post. We include your address on an informational form we send to people wanting more material from us I received a letter back from a woman offender and this makes a good time to check on our information. Do you still offer a printed catalog, as was the case in the past? The last one I have on file is 2007. Knowing how so much has gone paperless, maybe you no longer provide that. If so I will need to update our material. Also, it is my information that Safer Society also provided a database of therapy programs if a person contacted to ask about that. You may have gotten requests from people we had told about that. Is this still the case?
Thanks for information on these questions and I look forward to continue working with you and your staff as we have for a long time, going back to the days of Fay Honey Knopp, whom I recall communicating with.