Shaunesey named president of Milford’s Boys and Girls Village

Kimberly Shaunesey will become the new president at Boys and Girls Village in Milford.

Kimberly Shaunesey will become the new president at Boys and Girls Village in Milford.

The Boys and Girls Village has a new president.

The Village’s Board of Directors has named Kimberly Shaunesey, who was the chief operating officer, as the new president effective July 1. The old president, Steven Kant, was named chief executive officer.

All this comes just two weeks after the Village opened an expanded school for youths with behavorial problems. And just days after that Milford police disclosed they are investigating a teacher’s aide who is accused of exposing himself to two teenage female students.

Kant admitted that the existing background check procedures “were inadequate.”

He said they ran candidates names through the Department of Motor Vehicles and Department of Children and Families data bases as well as check for criminal convictions.

All that failed to turn up information that the aide previously had an arrest for statutory rape and taking indecent liberties with a child in North Carolina. Those charges were later dismissed.

Now Kant said the background check procedure would include charges in any of the 50 states brought against the candidate.

A request asking if the organizational change was related to the incident was e-mailed to a Boys and Girls Village spokesperson.

Shaunesey, who has served as the organization’s chief operating officer since 2013, has directed clinical services at the Village since October 2005. In her new role, she will continue the agency’s transformation into a leading integrated behavioral health care entity, and will be responsible for overall supervision of all functions of the organization.

“Kim has done an outstanding job directing our clinical services, and has been instrumental in incorporating trauma-based treatment into BGV’s programs and expanding the breadth of services we offer,” said Kant. “She sets a pace and a standard of excellence that have been essential to BGV’s growth and reputation as one of Connecticut’s leading treatment agencies for at-risk youth.”

Prior to coming to the Village, she was Bridgeport Hospital’s coordinator of their REACH child day-treatment program. She serves on the executive committee board of the Greater Bridgeport Multidisciplinary Investigative Team, and is a member of the Connecticut Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (CATSO), a statewide organization comprised of professionals who treat problem sexual behavior. She previously served on their executive board and as a past president.

“I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to grow and develop my career at BGV,” said Shaunesey. “I am proud of the work that we do and the programs we have developed to serve at-risk youth and their families. I am very excited about the future, and continuing to move the agency forward.”.