Held in LaSalle’s Hanner Conference Center, nearly 70 guests enjoyed a breakfast prepared by LaSalle culinary students and staff, and were welcomed by Jim Blendell, chairman of LaSalle’s Board of Trustees.
After remarks from Father Peter G. Young and Marcia Breslin Mahoney, LaSalle Executive Director Bill Wolff recalled Bob’s lifelong constant presence in the child and family service profession, his stature as a leader in the field, and ability to understand complex systems and break them down into manageable and workable components. Wolff then presented McMahon with the plaque.
In his acceptance remarks, Bob remembered Mrs. Breslin as a positive influence that didn’t give up in the face of a problem but always sought a solution. By her example, she espoused service as a way of life for her own sons and daughters and their childhood friends (of which McMahon was one) as they grew up together in Albany’s Pine Hills neighborhood.
Bob McMahon served at SCO Family of Services as the executive Director for 38 years. SCO works with New York’s most vulnerable families to provide the support and tools needed for a stable, healthy, and successful future. For more than 100 years, SCO has responded to moments of crisis and prevented crises before they occurred with a comprehensive array of services to individuals and families in New York City and Long Island.
Today, McMahon is active in non-profit board service and is currently a member of LaSalle School’s Board of trustees. Recognized nationally for his outstanding work in social services, Bob received a 2011 Lewis Award for Service to Children & Youth, the 2011 David Roth Leadership Award from the Child Welfare League of America, and The 2009 Reverend Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Award from Long Island’s Advancement for Commerce, Industry & Technology.
LaSalle School is a leader in programs and services for youth and families in crisis offering a variety of programs designed to meet their needs including specialized residential placement, day service education, and alternative to detention services. The offices of The Counseling Center at LaSalle – an outpatient mental health clinic – are located at LaSalle School.