FREE names Chris Long as new CEO

FREE names Chris Long as new CEO

Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc.  a premier nonprofit innovator of health and human services is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Christopher Long as the new chief executive officer.
Long has had an illustrious career with over 30 years of experience, including 15 years of strategic development planning within the health and human service industry.

He joined FREE Inc. in 2009 as the associate executive director and for the past five years has served as president of FREE, Inc. During his tenure helped build FREE into one of the most diverse service providers with a strategic vision focused on creative excellence, technological innovation and growth.
Prior to joining FREE Inc. Long held senior executive management positions where he led day-to-day operations for large human service provider organizations. Additionally, Long has a passion for education and a considerable amount of higher education teaching experience and remains an adjunct faculty at St. Joseph’s University, Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College.

Long was the winner of the prestigious Zella Bronfman Butler Award for outstanding contributions in the field of special education/human services. He was also named one of Long Island Business News’ Executive Circle Awards winners for his leadership skills, vision and commitment to community service and diversity. Dr. Long is dedicated to mentoring youth and has implemented many programs to help them perform academically and socially to reach their full potential.
“Christopher is the right leader to build upon FREE’s powerful and lasting legacy,” said Mark Preiser, Family Residences and Essential Enterprises Inc. chairman of the Board. “His extensive background in the non-profit sector and social services will help guide FREE further strengthening its mission. Our board looks forward to working together with Christopher, and our highly dedicated executive team and valued team members, in ensuring the sustainability of our organization and delivering solutions that meet the growing needs of the individuals we are privileged to support.”
Preiser added, “We thank Robert Budd for his extraordinary leadership as CEO for the past 15 years. We are truly grateful for his dedication in making our work possible, and look forward to continuing working with Robert in his new role as President. As President, he will maintain his current responsibilities which include overseeing Federal, State, Advocacy and Partnership initiatives.” Long added, “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as FREE’s new CEO. I have long admired FREE, Inc. as a multi-service organization that embraces change and is invested in creating new opportunities for those we are honored to support. Building on what we have already accomplished, under our co-leadership model, we plan to continue to hone our strategic direction, grow and develop our organization, strengthen our partnerships, and build new relationships. I am excited and energized to continue our great work alongside our wildly talented team who truly makes the magic happen every day.“
Preiser concluded, “As we look to the future, we’re confident that Dr. Long is the right person to lead FREE, Inc. and carry on the long legacy of providing the highest level of service and support to those we are honored to serve.”

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