Seattle Counseling Service Announces Leadership Transition

After 22 years leading Seattle Counseling Service (SCS), Executive Director Ann McGettigan has announced her plans to retire from the agency on April 15, 2021. McGettigan has spent her decades-long career dedicated to the mission of Seattle Counseling service. Under Ann’s leadership, SCS has solidified its place as one of the leading LGBTQ+ resources in the Puget Sound.

“I’m incredibly proud of SCS – its mission, the staff, and the leadership team we’ve built, and of course our amazing, resilient clients. I talk all the time about how we are the first of our kind in the country, how the work here saves and builds lives, how we continue to meet and serve our LGBTQ community members where they are at, how important it is that we serve the diversity of our beloved community – without barriers and with acceptance and respect. I will continue to be SCS’s biggest cheerleader, supporting this vital work in whichever ways I possibly can.” -Ann McGettigan

“The community has greatly benefited from Ann’s 22 years with the agency. We have been very fortunate to have had Ann steer us through the changing cultural climate, never wavering on the agency’s commitment to provide and expand services to the LGBTQ+ community of Seattle and WA state. “-Christopher Welch, Seattle Counseling Service’s Board President

Under Ann’s leadership, the past year has been one of growth, challenge, and change.

The Board, Leadership Team and staff responded to the pandemic challenge and continue to provide high-quality behavioral health care to the greatest areas of need in our community. Our transition to telehealth has enabled us to provide seamless services to our community. On average, during pandemic, we have continued to serve over 1,000 clients every month.

Our new location in downtown Seattle has increased space for treatment and we look forward to the day when we can safely welcome more people into the space. The increased capacity, as well as proximity to transit and other vital social services in downtown Seattle, will help us meet current and future needs.

SCS will be launching a national search for its next Executive Director and is looking for a visionary leader that can match that need and continue our commitment to the mental health and wellness of Seattle’s LGBTQ+ community. The board will concurrently be engaged in strategic planning and refinement of the agency mission.

Brigitte Folz, who has been serving as Interim Executive Director, will continue in her role until a new ED is brought onboard. Brigitte has over 30 years of experience in medical and behavioral health social work at Harborview Medical Center in Social Work and Behavioral Health.

Under interim leadership, SCS continues to serve the community with high-quality, accessible, culturally competent behavioral health care. Looking forward we are committed to broadening telehealth services. Additionally, our new leadership team is preparing for long-term strategic planning and looking at the agency’s mission to make sure it meets the greatest needs in the community.

As we approach this leadership transition, SCS stands on strong footing and is ready to meet the challenges ahead in support of all in Seattle’s LGBTQ+ community.

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