Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. announces new executive director

Franklin Monjarrez

The Board of Directors at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. has announced the selection of Franklin Monjarrez as the agency’s new executive director. Monjarrez will replace Roberta Keller, who is retiring in January 2018 after leading the community action agency for 20 years.

Board Chairperson Marie Carrubba stated, “Mr. Monjarrez’s unique experience and background in Human Service, in addition to bilingualism, will serve COI well in its efforts to expand services to a growing Hispanic and Latino community in Chautauqua County. We are very fortunate that he has accepted this opportunity to direct COI as the agency faces new challenges in funding and service delivery.”

Monjarrez brings to the agency 20 years of progressive social services senior management experience: including program development, accreditation and peer review, fiscal management knowledge and practice, community leadership and collaborations, as well as a strong commitment to serving low income, in-crisis populations. He has held key executive positions at the University of Miami, the Cuban National Council, Inc. and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc.

Through his tenure with these agencies, Monjarrez has worked in areas such as Head Start, economic development, family and elderly services, as well as health and crisis intervention. Monjarrez holds a Florida International University Master of Social Work degree with a specialization in children and families.

“I’m deeply honored and humbled by the opportunity to join and be part of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc,” Monjarrez stated. “For over 50 years, COI has distinguished itself by being a customer driven, strength and outcome based agency. Our staff and I remain committed to this vision and look forward to tirelessly and purposely continuing our work on behalf of the thousands of clients served annually by our agency.”

Carrubba, on behalf of herself and the board, thank Keller for the many years of service she has provided to the organization, saying, “Roberta’s leadership has been invaluable to the organization. She will be missed.”

A reception to introduce and welcome Monjarrez is planned for Jan. 10, from 2-4 p.m. at the Chautauqua Suites Meeting and Expo Center in Mayville. The event is open to the community, and all are warmly invited to attend.

Throughout its more than 50-year history, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. has responded to the needs of the local community. The non-profit has worked with cities, counties, school districts, private businesses, religious organizations, philanthropy and government to launch hundreds of programs and initiatives aimed at strengthening households and communities.