Fort Wayne-based SCAN Inc. (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect) has named Deanna Szyndrowski chief executive officer. She replaced Rachel Tobin-Smith, who had been CEO since 1985. Szyndrowski has more than 15 years of experience serving the families of Indiana. She is currently the administrator of Northern Indiana Preservation Services with SCAN. Szyndrowski served as area director for the Institute for Family Centered Services/Indiana Mentor based out of Merrillville, as associate director and mental health administrator and prior to that deputy director of program services for Geminus Head Start based out of Merrillville, and program supervisor for Tri-City Community Health Center based out of East Chicago. Her educational background includes an MBA from Purdue University, an MS in Education from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminology from Indiana University. Szyndrowski is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Indiana.

SCAN was founded in 1974 by a handful of dedicated community volunteers. In 1985 when Tobin-Smith was named executive director, the agency served approximately 50 families in Allen County with a budget of $28,000. In 2016, 5,927 families were served, representing 18,822 individuals throughout 34 northern Indiana counties. The agency has a budget of $17.6M and employs 227 staff members dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and neglect.

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