The Family Center welcomes Susan Galeas as their new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Susan takes the helm after Dawn Eaton who served as the center’s CEO for over seven years.  The selection was made after a national search and selection process led by Board President, Jeff Stroop. “Susan’s extensive background in nonprofit management, social work and public health will help to strengthen and expand our mission.  The board is very pleased that we were able to find a person with this unique set of professional and educational qualifications,” says Stroop.

Susan brings with her 20+ years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, public policy, and marketing.  She holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health and has a vision for strategic development and engagement with a focus on changing cultures. Prior to shifting to nonprofit, Susan worked in New Orleans, Louisiana as a psychiatric and medical social worker, focusing on at risk populations. Her career as a nonprofit executive includes work in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California (where she lived for 16 years).  For the past six years, she served as President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles helping the organization grow to a budget of $7million and leading their transition from a nationally affiliated nonprofit to a fully independent organization, covering Los Angeles and three additional Southern California counties through five locations and 56 staff.

Additionally, she has served as a nonprofit consultant for creative and social nonprofits.  

Ms. Galeas stated, “I’m excited to return to the South… especially to my home in Nashville… and to work with the incredible team of staff, board, and volunteers of The Family Center as we strive to help more families in the region break cycles of trauma, reduce child abuse, and raise healthy families.”



The Family Center is a licensed Tennessee Child Abuse Prevention Agency serving Middle Tennessee through offices in Nashville and Murfreesboro. For more information, visit