Easton man takes helm at Boys & Girls Village

The Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Village has named Dr. Steven M. Kant as the agency's president and chief executive officer.

Kant replaces John Cocciolone, who was CEO from March of 2011 to March of 2012 before leaving for other endeavors.

Kant, from Easton, has been a leader within Boys & Girls Village for over two decades, having served as chief medical officer for the past 15 years.

Most recently, Kant served as acting CEO in concert with his duties as chief medical officer.

“During his tenure, Dr. Kant led the agency and greatly expanded their treatment services as well as advancing the agency's more traditional social child welfare and educational programs,” according to a press release announcing his new title.

Boys & Girls Village was  founded in 1942 as community providers for children and their families.

With headquarters in Milford and offices in Bridgeport and Waterbury, the organization provides a range of family-centered services for children and adolescents struggling with emotional, behavioral and psychiatric difficulties.

Kant was instrumental in the development and implementation of an alternative to inpatient treatment for children — a 16 bed Kids I.N.N., opened in 1999 and more recently a new specialized residential program cited by the Commissioner of the state's Department of Children and Families for its important contribution to the changing mental health needs in the state.

Spanning 33 years, he has worked with a wide spectrum of psychiatric facilities throughout Connecticut and Michigan.

He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from City University in New York, his medical degree from Upstate Medical College in Syracuse, N.Y., and went on to complete his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

As president and CEO, Kant's responsibilities will include overseeing the continued growth and expansion of services provided by Boys & Girls Village.

In that capacity, Kant will be overseeing over 150 employees and an annual budget of approximately $15 million.

Carol Smith Harker, chair of the board of directors, said Kant will join a seasoned leadership team in place at Boys & Girls Village and that the agency remains committed to providing the highest quality of comprehensive behavioral care for Connecticut's children and families.