President and CEO
Kim Sirdevan is a native of Jacksonville and graduate of Terry Parker High School. She graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology before earning her master’s degree in social work in 2000 from the University of South Carolina. She’s held various internships in the area of children’s mental health and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
After relocating to Jacksonville, Sirdevan began work in June 2000 at Youth Crisis Center (YCC) as a residential and outpatient therapist. She has held several positions within YCC, which includes managing two Truancy Centers and serving as Program Director, Clinical Director and Chief Clinical Officer prior to becoming the President and CEO in 2015.
She is the Vice Chair of the Circuit 4 Juvenile Justice Advisory Board in addition to chair of the Planning Committee within the board. She was also a member of the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center Girls-Centered Practice Collaborative. Sirdevan is an alumnus of the 2012 Emerging Leaders class and a member of National Association of Social Workers. She was also named 2017 Executive of the Year by the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services.
Sirdevan began her journey of mental health counseling after working as a summer camp counselor in college. She realized that kids need a voice and a desire to belong. She began to search for a career path that would allow her the opportunity to meet these needs. Her path was drawn to the field of social work – as a therapist – with the overarching goal of eventually becoming an executive director. After exploring different milieus for therapy during her internships, Sirdevan settled back in Jacksonville to provide services in both residential and non-residential settings.
Kim’s professional drive is to develop programs that assist with making a better community; programs that are developed with collaborators that aim to serve a niche. “Not one of us can help our community alone. We must join together to create systems that are highly effective and efficient. Together we can transform lives!”
Kim and her husband, Terry, have two children and reside in Clay County.