Carla Frisch Named Center Director of Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center
Carla Frisch has been named Center Director of Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center, effective January 1, 2017. Frisch will be based in Skokie and will split her time between Metropolitan’s Skokie and Evanston locations.
“Carla has more than 30 years of experience strengthening the communities that Metropolitan serves, including the last two decades advocating for the needs of vulnerable adults,” says Theresa Nihill, Chief Operating Officer of Metropolitan Family Services. “Her roots in Evanston and Niles Township run deep, and she thrives in partnering with numerous organizations and people to make positive change. We at Metropolitan anticipate her bringing strong leadership and growth that will benefit the community.”
Frisch, a North Shore resident who was formerly a Program Supervisor with Metropolitan’s Evanston/Skokie Valley Center, has spent her social services career at Metropolitan. Since 1996 she has been involved with Metropolitan’s Evanston/Skokie Valley Adult Protective Services (APS) Program, which promotes the wellbeing of seniors and adults with disabilities, and investigates cases of abuse and neglect. Over the past year, she also has provided support for the Evanston/Skokie Valley Community Board, increasing the number of board members and related fundraising, including planning for the upcoming “Spring Fever” event taking place in Skokie on April 29, 2017.
Frisch has helped to broaden community awareness about APS by developing strong relationships with community partners and conducting presentations. Known widely as an expert on elder and adult abuse issues, she is a founding committee member and past co-chair of the Evanston Aging Well Conference, which focuses on strategies for older adults, their families, caregivers and professionals.
Frisch also participates in numerous local organizations and committees to promote effective coordination of services and to strengthen the community at large. Affiliations include the Evanston and Niles Township Hoarding Task Force, Linkages Disability Services Workgroup, Evanston Cradle to Career, Evanston Domestic Violence Rapid Response Team, District 2 Circuit Court Domestic Violence Stakeholders’ Meeting and North Shore Family Violence Coalition.
Her past roles with Metropolitan include providing home and office-based counseling services, program development, leading a multi-disciplinary team for an agency resource center, and conducting educational group services. She first joined Metropolitan in 1982 as a masters-level social services intern.
Frisch’s honors include a 2006 Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois Department on Aging in recognition of her work with Illinois’ vulnerable older adults. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
About Metropolitan Family Services Evanston/Skokie Valley Center
Metropolitan Family Services’ Evanston/Skokie Valley Center helps families and individuals struggling with relationships, abuse, grief or loss find the help they need, and has been part of the community since 1910. Metropolitan Evanston/Skokie is part of Metropolitan Family Services, which has been “Mpowering” Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities since 1857.