The Maple Counseling Center Names Varina Bleil Executive Director

The Maple Counseling Center Names Varina Bleil Executive Director
– Dr. Bonnie Goldstein and Bruce Rosenblum Elected Board Co-Chairs –

 

LOS ANGELES, February 3, 2021 – The Maple Counseling Center, a nonprofit mental health organization serving the greater Los Angeles community, today announced it has named Varina Bleil as executive director.
Maple also announced that board members Bonnie Goldstein, Ph.D., and Bruce Rosenblum have been elected co-chairs, bringing a unique combination of mental health counseling experience and business acumen to the board’s leadership.
 
“I am deeply honored to help lead this vital organization, which has played such a seminal role in our community for nearly half a century,” Bleil said. “Today, the need for low-cost mental health care is at an all-time high. I look forward to working closely with our talented team of caring professionals, along with our dedicated board of directors, in the next stage of Maple’s growth, as we add new services and expand our reach in Southern California.”
 
Most recently, Bleil was deputy director of Los Angeles-based United Friends of the Children, a nonprofit organization that helps current and former foster youth transition to adulthood through housing and educational services. She previously served as executive director of the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts and American Youth Symphony. A past guest lecturer at UCLA, Bleil earned a master’s degree in education at Harvard University and completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University. She succeeds Marcy Kaplan, who has left Maple after more than a decade to pursue other career opportunities.
 
“Our entire board and staff welcome Varina to the Maple family,” said Dr. Goldstein. “Varina brings to us proven leadership skills and a highly successful management track record working with multiple constituencies. We look forward to the many contributions she will make to our organization, at a time when so many people from diverse backgrounds in our community are coping with unprecedented levels of stress.