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Council welcomes Johnson, McCroom to Board of Directors

Two veteran human services executives were elected to the Providers’ Council Board of Directors today, April 6, during its 41st Annual Business Meeting in Natick.

Joining the board, which governs the state’s largest human services membership association, are Ronn D. Johnson, president and CEO of Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, Inc. in Springfield; and Sandra M. McCroom, president and CEO of Children’s Services of Roxbury in Boston. In addition, Board member Michael Vance, vice president of field operations for Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), has been elected assistant clerk.

Johnson, who has 30 years of senior management experience, was recruited by the MLK Jr. Family Service Board in 2012 to turn around a struggling organization in the heart of an economically disadvantaged community. Among his achievements are reinvigorating staff morale; developing an agency-wide training series that includes quality assurance, leadership and cultural diversity and inclusion; increasing strategic partners and leading a successful capital campaign that has helped with facilities improvements. He previously worked at MassMutual and the Center for Human Development, and as a consultant.

McCroom joined Children’s Services of Roxbury (CSR), one of the state’s largest minority-operated human service providers, in 2015. The agency serves more than 6,000 people annual and employs 400 in four cities in the Commonwealth. Previously, McCroom spent the previous seven years in state service, including working as the Undersecretary for Criminal Justice in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and as Executive Director for the Office of Grants and Research, among other posts. She was also the executive director of Roxbury Youthworks Inc. for eight years.      

The 37-member board is representative of the Council’s diverse statewide membership of community-based human service provider organizations.