The Outback Teen Center announces New Canaan resident Susan Serven has joined the staff as executive director. She will work with Outback program director Erin McDermott and the Outback's board of directors to expand programming, marketing, community outreach and fundraising, as the board focuses on the Outback's new strategic plan.

For the past 10 years, Serven has served as co-founder, board member and president of the nonprofit Chinese Language School of Connecticut.

She graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in finance and international business in 2011, and from Pace University with a degree in marketing. She has held positions in global marketing at Lever Bros., Co., Inc. and Save the Children Federation.

She also served as the special events director for the American Cancer Society.

"I'm so pleased to have been given the opportunity to help the Outback continue to build on its goal of becoming a community resource for teens and families," Serven said. "Very few towns have as cohesive a community as New Canaan, and we're hoping to reach out to schools, companies and other local organizations in order to offer programs that middle school and high school students will enjoy, as well as programs that will be personally relevant for those wishing to explore community volunteer efforts, develop leadership initiatives, take cooking classes, understand personal finances, and a lot more."

Serven joins the staff at the Outback who are passionate about youth development and leadership.

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Program director, Erin McDermott, and teen coordinator, Katelyn Sci, dedicate much of their time to planning, developing and implementing fun, unique and meaningful programs and events for students in grades 5 to 12, as well as manage and support the Outback's Student Governing Board.

McDermott, who also serves as the program coordinator for Stamford-based nonprofit United Nations Football Club and has a successful background in youth development, joined the Outback in July and is looking forward to beginning weekly programs with the students mid-October.

Sci, who has been at the Outback for five years as part-time event/program staff, is looking forward to new changes and program enhancements going into the school year.

Additionally, part-time assistant coordinator Brittany Moss and recording studio manager Tommy Higbie play vital roles in the implementation of events and programs.

The Outback Teen Center Inc. is dedicated to providing a positive and enriching environment in New Canaan where teens are able to relax, socialize, participate in self-directed activities and have the opportunity to contribute to the community.

For more information, visit www.ncoutbacktc.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OutbackTC.