Judith O. Yanacek, MSW, LCSW
Judy recognized at an early age that she wanted to help others, and was intrigued to learn more about the connection between the mind, body, and behavior through her studies. Judy attended Villanova University and later Marywood University in order to achieve her Master’s Degree and a PA license in Clinical Social Work. Her skills and compassion for others made her a perfect candidate for New Vitae. After working for over 30 years in the human services field, Judy began her New Vitae career as the Administrator of Mt. Trexler Manor. After flourishing in that role for several years, she was promoted to the position of Vice President. Judy's skill in developing rapport with others, her leadership abilities, and her dedication to growing New Vitae's services ultimately resulted in her accepting her current role as the President and Chief Executive Officer for New Vitae Wellness and Recovery. She serves as a member of the board of directors for Recovery Partnership and obtained national certification to provide deep transcranial magnetic stimulation, or dTMS services. She also serves as a board member of the nonprofit Recovering Adolescents and Friends Together, Inc., supporting their mission to start alternative peer groups and an academic recovery program in the Lehigh Valley. A proud member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), she is also a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Certified Gatekeeper Instructor, which permits her to train others in this evidence-based suicide prevention strategy. When she is out of the office, she enjoys time camping with her family, and fondly recalls campfire memories shared with her family. She is looking forward to continuing to guide New Vitae's vision for the future and relishes planning for new opportunities.
"New Vitae Young Adult Services has helped me so much. The mentor staff is great. They are reliable, and always willing to teach me how to do things, rather than just doing them for me. Since coming to the program, I've grown into a better person."- Tess C. (former resident)