NEW Executive Director Announcement

Roger Benn, President of the Board of Directors for BRiDGES, the Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc., formally announces the retirement of Susan Jenkins, Executive Director, at the end of December 2020.

Ms. Jenkins received her BS in Family and Community Services from Syracuse University. Jenkins went on to get her master’s degree in Human Resource Management & Development from Chapman University. Susan was a member of the inaugural staff for a year from 1987-1988 after which she left to become the Counseling Supervisor at the Rape Crisis Center of Syracuse. Since 1991, Jenkins has served as the agency’s Executive Director.

The Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc. (MCCASA) officially became a not-for-profit organization on April 16, 1987. The mission of BRiDGES is to improve the quality of life by providing advocacy and services to the community, the workplace, families, and individuals affected by addiction and the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. Ms. Jenkins has provided leadership and service throughout 30 of the 33 years of the organization.

In the spring of 1998, MCCASA began doing business under the name BRiDGES. The new name was chosen to better express the comprehensive nature of the organization's mission and the broad range of programs and services it provides to help individuals, families, and communities improve the quality of their lives. Under the leadership of Ms. Jenkins, the organization has significantly expanded its focus and service area. Recalling Ms. Jenkin’s hiring, past BRiDGES’ Board Member and former Publisher of the Oneida Daily Dispatch, Ann Campanie says, “With Susan at the helm, the fledgling agency became the multi-faceted organization it is today.”

In her 30 years of service to the community at BRiDGES, , Ms. Jenkins has overseen the growth of the agency’s comprehensive Employee Assistance Program that currently serves employees and their family members in businesses throughout the Central New York region. She led her staff and the organization as a leader in tobacco control operating Reality Check and BRiDGES to Prevent Tobacco, now combined and known as Advancing Tobacco Free Communities. Although originally focused strictly on Madison County, the program now serves Madison, Oneida, and Herkimer counties. In recent years, the organization has expanded its problem gambling prevention and education program. In addition, under the leadership of Jenkins, BRiDGES facilitates the local Suicide Prevention Coalition and the LGBTQIA Network of Madison County and provides prevention and education programs and services around these issues. These are just some of the areas of expansion and growth the organization has experienced through her leadership.

During her time as Executive Director, Ms. Jenkins has served in leadership roles on multiple Advisory Boards and Committees. Jenkins was a member of the Board of Directors for the Rural Health Council of Madison County, is a current member of the Council of Addictions of NYS and serves as President of the CNY Employee Assistance Professionals Association. She has been a leader and mentor to her staff, many of whom have worked for Jenkins for over a decade.

The Board has made the decision to appoint Ms. Maureen Campanie as the Executive Director. Campanie has served as the Associate Director of BRiDGES, The Madison County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc., since 2012. After graduating from Le Moyne College in Syracuse with a BA in Communications in 2003, Ms. Campanie joined the agency as a Prevention Educator. Ms. Campanie was promoted to Prevention Programs Coordinator in 2006. In 2011, Campanie earned her master’s in Public Administration from Marist College. She is a NYS Office of Addictions Services and Supports Credentialed Prevention Professional and in 2013 was awarded NYS Credentialed Prevention Professional of the Year. Campanie was awarded the Madison County Community Services Board Alcohol and Substance Abuse Award in 2012, the WCNY Women Who Make America award in 2018, and the Madison County Democratic Party Community Services Award in 2018. As a suicide loss survivor and life-long resident of Madison County, Campanie co-facilitates a grief support group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide loss, and is an adjunct instructor for Cazenovia College’s Human Services Department.

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