JVS Human Services Names Aubrey Macfarlane as New COO

Human services executive Aubrey Macfarlane has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of JVS Human Services effective June 1. Macfarlane replaces Paul Blatt, President and CEO of JVS, who held the position previously. Macfarlane will oversee business operations of the Southfield-based non-profit, which aims to enhance the lives of job seekers, people with disabilities and seniors in metro Detroit. Background information on Macfarlane can be found here.

Macfarlane’s prior positions include Executive Director of the Livonia Public Schools Education Foundation, President and CEO of the Kennedy-Donovan Center in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and COO/Vice President of Programming at the Judson Center in Royal Oak.  A licensed macro and clinical social worker, Macfarlane has spent her career developing purposeful strategic direction for each organization, with the aim of ensuring a more sustainable future for each one.

Working with the underserved, and children and adults living with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges, Macfarlane has relied on evidence-based practice to institute the best in program development. Her efforts have led to service expansion, new revenue streams, innovative programming and improved organizations for the vulnerable communities she has served.

“Aubrey brings a wealth of organizational experience to the role of chief operating officer in our ever-changing world,” said Blatt. “Her energetic leadership will enhance program, fiscal and strategic goals for the agency, as we work together to enhance services JVS provides to many thousands in our community.”

Macfarlane says that JVS Human Services’ mission, to help metro Detroiters and their families maximize their potential with counseling, training, and supportive services for people with disabilities, job seekers, seniors, and others in need, has never been more important.

“It is an honor to join an organization that has been providing such vital assistance since the 1940s,” said Macfarlane. “I am looking forward to working with a team dedicated to improving people’s lives and helping to navigate the agency during the current uncertainty as we move towards a brighter future.”

Macfarlane’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Social Work, both from the University of Michigan.