On December 29th, Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis announced the appointment of Robert "Deacon" Farrelly as its new Executive Director. Effective immediately.
"Deacon is a mission-centered, collaborative leader who is poised to lead Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis as it expands to meet the needs of additional deserving youth in our community," said Bernie Schweiss, Board President of Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis. "With his exceptional credentials in youth development, residential program management and business development, we are confident that he is the right man to move our organization forward."
Farrelly brings more than 25 years of combined experience in business development, residential program management and the provision of direct, supervisory, clinical behavioral health and coaching services to children, adolescents and families. Most recently, he served as a clinician for The Counseling Center at St. John's Mercy. As executive director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis, Farrelly will lead the expansion efforts of the organization, which currently operates two homes and a non-residential outreach program for at-risk youth in the St. Louis area.
"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to join Boys Hope Girls Hope at a time when the organization is poised to increase its investment in the future leaders of our community," says Farrelly. "This is a remarkable organization whose mission is to remove barriers for children-in-need so that they may embark on lives of academic success, career productivity and servant leadership."
Farrelly replaces former Executive Director Brian Hipp as he transitions to the role of Western Regional Director for Boys Hope Girls Hope International. Hipp will continue to support the ongoing success of Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis and the other seven affiliate cities in the Western region in a consultative and capacity-building role.