notMYkid announces Kristen Polin as its new CEO

Kristen L. Polin is the new notMYkid chief executive officer. (Submitted photo)

Arizona-based notMYkid announces Kristen L. Polin as the non-profit organization’s new chief executive officer.

The national organization, according to a press release, is focused on empowering and educating youth, families, and communities “with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.”

With more than 22 years of experience in nonprofit management, Ms. Polin returns to notMYkid following a one-year hiatus serving as chief operating officer for True Mobile Health, a tech startup for addiction recovery, according to the release.

“My return to notMYkid to serve as the new CEO is truly an honor. This is an amazing opportunity to lead this dynamic prevention organization into its 20th year of service and deliver a comprehensive prevention continuum that educates and empowers youth and their families to overcome challenges and find their path,” said Ms. Polin in a prepared statement.

“We are entering new territory with an alarming increase in youth suicide, epidemic levels of youth vaping, and an opioid crisis that increases our resolve to do more and respond in even greater innovative ways. My passion for these issues will drive greater focus on increasing our capacity and resources to help more families and schools. We are excited to expand our peer-led educational programs and early intervention services that prevent youth from falling through the cracks on the progression to substance use disorders and mental health problems.”

Born in New York City and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, she returns to notMYkid from her former role as vice president of programs for nearly three years. Also, Ms. Polin served as vice president of community relations and development at Community Bridges, Inc., leading prevention, family preservation, and community engagement for 17 consecutive years.

Ms. Polin sits on the board of directors for CHEEERS Recovery Center and the Navajo County Victim Compensation Board for Brad Carlyon, County Attorney. She earned her bachelor of science in health promotion and disease prevention studies from Ithaca College and received her masters of arts in education program management from the University of Phoenix.

She and her husband, Jon, are the parents of teenage sons, JJ and Josh; and their two-year-old rescue pup, Oreo, the release detailed.

“We are delighted to have Kristen as our new CEO. Kristen’s leadership skills and prevention expertise will help propel notMYkid to even greater success as we continue to expand our mission,” said notMYkid Chairman of the Board Seth Leibsohn in a prepared statement.

“Kristen is one of the best-known and most-respected preventionists in the state and we are excited to have her leadership, inspiration, and expertise to reach even more children and families across the country.”

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