Alan ThorntonAlan Thornton, recently appointed President and CEO, will assume his role December 2017. Alan comes to SJCS with over 20 years of non-profit experience. Formerly the Chief Executive Officer at the Rescue Mission Alliance in Syracuse, New York, Alan was selected following an extensive national search process conducted by Staffing Advisors. Thornton assumes the position from interim executive director, Kathryn Stephens, who succeeded Roger Deshaies after his tenure concluded in late 2016.

SJCS Board Chair Steve Raetzman noted, “In selecting Alan Thornton, SJCS has found a leader to help us write the next chapter in our storied 150 year history of innovation and service. We were humbled and honored by the tremendous interest shown by potential candidates and are excited about the skills and energy Alan will bring to the position. We look forward to the positive impact Alan will make at SJCS and within the communities we have the privilege to serve.”

In his current role at the Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse, Thornton provides leadership and strategic direction for a multi-regional non-profit where he oversees 350 staff and a budget of $20 million with the mission of ending homelessness in New York. Thornton received a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College and a master of business administration degree from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Thornton commented, “I am excited and honored to be joining the team at St. John’s Community Services with its incredible legacy of service to the community, providing caring and innovative opportunities for the inspiring people it serves. I look forward to building on the storied 150-year history of advocacy and inclusion, and with the help of all our stakeholders, discovering new ways to achieve our mission.”