Jones follows Ron Steinmetz, who retired in October after serving as executive director since the agency's inception in 1976, into the directorship.
"I am honored to have been chosen for this position," said Jones. "I will do my very best to continue the legacy that Ron Steinmetz and our Board of Directors has established over the past 31 years."
Jones added it is her wish to pursue the vision established by the agency of becoming the leading mental health care provider for the residents of the four-county service area "so that consumers can lead their lives to the fullest potential and pursue their dreams beyond the limitations of emotional and mental difficulties. We have an outstanding organization of 83 dedicated professionals working to fulfill this vision."
A Licensed clinical social worker, Jones has 28 years of experience in working in the mental health field. She has a bachelor of science in social work and is currently pursuing a master's degree of public Administration from Southeast Missouri State University to be completed May 2007.
Jones is no stranger to Bootheel Counseling Services.
In 1978 she completed an undergraduate social work practicum at the agency. Following graduation she began her professional career at Lakes County Rehabilitation Center in Springfield and also worked for the Tri-
County Human Development Corporation in Caruthersville and the East Missouri Action Agency in Cape Girardeau.
In 1984, she returned to Bootheel Counseling Center when she accepted the position of day treatment coordinator; later she became the coordinator of Community Support Services. For the past 12 years, she has served as community psychiatric rehabilitation program director.
She is a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association and the Missouri Coalition of Community Mental Health Centers.
Active in the community, for the past three years Jones was instrumental in planning the Multi-County Women's Conference and is a member of the Sikeston Rotary Club.
She is a native of Advance, and currently resides in Scott City with her husband Wally who is a production foreman at Buzzi-Unicem U.S.A. She has two children, Gretchen Ward, a senior at Southwest Baptist University in Springfield completing a bachelor of science in nursing, and Tyler Ward, who is a member of the men's basketball team at Drury University in Springfield and is pursuing a degree in exercise physiology. She also has two stepchildren, Jeremy Jones, a sophomore at Shawnee Community College, and Dana Koepp, who is a cosmetologist at Style Studio in Scott City.
Bootheel Counseling Services is a private not-for-profit outpatient community mental health center with locations in Sikeston and Bloomfield.
BCS serves as the administrative agent for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Comprehensive Psychiatric Services providing mental health services to the residents of Scott, Stoddard, Mississippi, and New Madrid counties.