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Stephanie holds her Master's degree in social work and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Stephanie joined JRI in 2017 when Children's Friend and Family Services merged with JRI and became a part of its Community Based Services Division and she was promoted to Executive Director and became a Vice President for JRI. Stephanie has advanced training and experience in clinical practice with children and adolescents as well as non-profit management and leadership and has worked with children and families for the past eighteen years on the North Shore of Massachusetts. In her previous role as Vice President of Children's Behavioral Health Services at Lahey Health Behavioral Services, she developed and oversaw the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative programs and worked closely with the Department of Mental Health and Department of Children and Families, as well as the North Shore United Way. Ms. Sladen actively participates in several statewide committees through the Association for Behavioral Healthcare and currently serves as the Chair of the Children's Behavioral Health Initiative Committee. In October of 2013, she was honored with the first Annual Elizabeth Funk Emerging Leader Award from ABH.