William T. (Bill) Gettman, Jr., MPA
Chief Executive Officer, Northern Rivers Family of Services
William T. (Bill) Gettman, Jr., joined Northern Rivers Family of Services as Chief Executive Officer in 2016. At a time when the organization enters a period of transformative change, he is responsible for the development and construction of a system of care that determines how Northern Rivers and its member agencies, Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center, care for children, adults and families. He provides strategic guidance, infrastructure oversight and administrative leadership to the 1,400-strong workforce.
Gettman brings more than 30 years of executive management experience in nonprofit, private, and public sector organizations. Before joining Northern Rivers, he served as Executive Director of St. Catherine’s Center for Children in Albany. Previously he was the Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). He has also held leadership positions for private and public sector organizations focused on providing child welfare services and programs, including MAXIMUS, the New York State Child Support Processing Center (formerly Lockheed Martin IMS), the New York State Department of Social Services and UNISYS Corporation.
He serves as chairman of the New York State Justice Center Advisory Council. He is a member of the New York State Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council and the Albany County Homeless Coalition. He is treasurer and board member of the State Children’s Mental Health Coalition and serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA).
Gettman earned his bachelor’s degree in religion from Ohio Wesleyan University and his Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University.
Audrey LaFrenier, LCSW-R
President and Chief Operating Officer, Northern Rivers Family of Services
Audrey LaFrenier serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for Northern Rivers Family of Services. In this role, she oversees the delivery of services to more than 11,000 children and families across thirty-seven counties in New York State each year.
Upon the creation of Northern Rivers Family of Services in 2012, Ms. LaFrenier served as Chief of Services, overseeing client services at member agencies Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center. She became an inaugural member of the organization’s Executive Leadership Team, responsible for the mission-driven guidance of the agencies.
Prior to her current role, Ms. LaFrenier was Chief of Services at Parsons Child & Family Center when the agency affiliated under Northern Rivers. She has held various leadership roles at Parsons where she, as a professional social worker, built her career caring for children and families.
She earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University at Albany and her bachelor’s degree in Education and Early Childhood Development from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.