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Meet Ruth Colón-Wagner, LMSW

CEO & Executive Director of VCS Inc.


Ruth Colón-Wagner is the CEO & Executive Director of VCS Inc. Ruth has over 33 years of experience in the fields of Child Welfare, Homeless Services, Employment, and Mental Health Care working with children, adults, and families.  For the last 30 of those years Ruth has worked in a variety of leadership positions.  Prior to joining VCS, NYAPRS, Ruth served as Director of Training & Development with NYAPRS and provided national technical assistance and training in a variety of specialties to include: organizational culture change from traditional care to a recovery-oriented system of care, organizational capacity building and sustainability, board development, succession planning, and strategic planning.  Ruth led the agency’s anti-racism effort to assist NYAPRS in its transformation into becoming an Anti-racist Organization.  Her specialties include mindfulness practice, mindful leadership, leadership coaching, supervision best-practices, group facilitation, program management, and compassion fatigue. Ruth is certified as a Dialectical Behavioral Therapist, Functional Family Therapist, and Life Skills Educator. She received a Master’s of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work and is licensed as a social worker in New York State.