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Unity House appoints David Bach as new CEO



Troy, N.Y. – David L. Bach of Burnt Hills, who has served as Associate Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, Division of Child Welfare and Community Services since 2019, has been appointed as the new CEO of Unity House. Last spring, longtime Unity House CEO Chris Burke announced that he would retire in mid-2022 after leading the organization for more than 30 years.

              “We are very fortunate to have a professional of such caliber and experience as David Bach leading Unity House into the next half century,” said Kate Koval, board chair. “His credentials are impeccable and his heart aligns with Unity House’s mission to enhance the life of others by providing direct services and working toward social justice.”

              While serving as Associate Commissioner of NYS OCFS, Bach oversaw a portfolio that included statewide regional operations, children Medicaid management, Justice Center coordination, program quality and improvement, program licensing and certification, and the child fatality review team. He also managed the statewide workforce responsible for the oversight and coordination of operations related to all children and family services delivered by local districts and voluntary agencies.

              Previously, Bach was the Director of Quality Assurance and Improvement for the NYS OCFS, Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth.

              “I am truly humbled to become part of the Unity House family,” said Bach. “As the CEO, I will be a steward of the tradition of service started by Mary Jane Smith over 50 years ago and carried on through today by the board of directors, many wonderful staff, and Chris Burke.”

              Bach will be only the third CEO in Unity House’s 50-year history. Burke has led the organization since 1991, when he took over after Mary Jane Smith, a founder of Unity House and its first CEO, retired.

About Unity House

Since 1971, Unity House has grown to meet the increasing needs of those living in Rensselaer and Albany counties and surrounding communities. Providing crisis intervention, advocacy, skills teaching, information, resources, encouragement and support, Unity House continues to help disadvantaged people lead productive and healthy lives.

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