The Human Services Council has appointed Laxmi Parmeswar as the new executive director.

Parmeswar has more than 20 years of experience in social service organizations and educational institutions throughout the United States and India.

Al Mirin, board president, said, "With her wealth of experience and multiple skills, she will be able to support the Human Services Council's five programs, which help over 8,000 children per year while continuing to identify any unmet community needs."

Parmeswar was founder and CEO of Positive Outcomes Inc., a counseling, consulting and training company specializing in corporate training, organizational development for social service/educational organizations, and operating school-based family counseling programs.

Her clientele included public schools, social service organizations and educational institutions. Laxmi launched a state-of-the-art, first-of-its-kind, school-based, independent counseling center in Mumbai, India.

Parmeswar was also executive director of the North Fulton Child Development Association in the metro-Atlanta area. She led the organization to achieve accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. Under her leadership, the association also won the Audrey Nelson National Award for outstanding community development.

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In November 2005, she was awarded a Proclamation from the City of Roswell, Ga., recognizing her record of distinguished service to the community.

Nov. 30, 2005, was designated as "Laxmi Parmeswar Day." Prior to joining the Child Development Association, Laxmi was the vice president of Family Service of Burlington County, a large nonprofit counseling organization serving adults, children and families in New Jersey.

Parmeswar said, "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve Norwalk and its neighboring communities through a prestigious organization such as the Human Services Council. We are committed to facilitate community collaborations and deliver the highest quality of programs to children and families."

She has a master's degree in clinical psychology from Emporia State University in Kansas and a master's in applied psychology from the University of Bombay, India. She is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors and licensed in several states.

For more than six decades, the Human Services Council has identified unmet community needs and has developed and implemented programs focusing on health, housing, education and volunteerism. Collaborating with local not-for-profit organizations, the HSC provides services to more than 8,000 children and families each year.

For information, visit www.hscct.org or call 203-849-1111.