Senior Leadership

Leah Morken

Director, Minnesota Programs (507) 453-9563 ext 1115

Leah Morken joined Family & Children’s Center as a case manager for the elementary day treatment program in 2014. She served as the coordinator of children’s services at our Winona location prior to entering her current role as Director of Programs, Minnesota.  Leah oversees all Winona services including adult mental health services, out-of-home-care placements, child abuse prevention services, and day treatment programs. Morken holds a bachelor’s of science in Biology from Viterbo University and received her Master’s of Science in Psychology from Walden University. She is currently working on her dissertation to receive a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Rich Petro

Director, Human Resources (608) 785-0001 ext 327

Petro offers 30 years of experience in the human resources arena, having led the function for much larger companies and local businesses as well.  He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill., and graduate-level education in industrial and organizational psychology from Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.  Petro’s actively involved in the local community where he has served on the La Crosse Area Senior Human Resources Management Roundtable, the La Crosse City Vision Action Committee and on steering and advisory committees for the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. He has also volunteered with the United Cerebral Palsy of SW Wisconsin, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Family & Children’s Center. He is co-author of “Practical Lessons in Leadership—A Guidebook for Aspiring and Experienced Leaders.”

Vanessa Southworth

Director of Programs-Wisconsin, Child & Family Services (608)785-0001 ext 323

Southworth joined Family & Children’s Center in 1999. Since that time, she has worked in the Center’s educational programs, in-home counseling services and as associate director of staff training and education. Today, she oversees child and family program services in Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a masters of business administration, both from Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI.

Diane Finnegan

Chief Financial Officer (608) 785-0001 ext 293

Diane Finnegan joined Family & Children’s Center as chief financial officer in 2006, bringing a wealth of experience from the human services sector. She oversees all financial and accounting activities for the Center, including compliance with state and federal regulations governing not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Center, Finnegan served as fiscal director at Semcac, a private, not-for-profit community action agency in southeastern Minnesota where she was responsible for administration and implementation of fiscal activities, including ongoing monitoring of 30 agency programs in an 11-county area. Finnegan holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.

Tita Yutuc

President/CEO 608-785-0001 ext 252

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Tita Yutuc serves as President and CEO of Family & Children’s Center, beginning in 2015. Tita brings extensive experience in human services, including more than 16 years in senior leadership roles. She most recently served as chief operations officer at SOS Children’s Village Illinois. SOS is a child welfare organization that provides foster care services, a shelter and intensive community-based outreach program across four sites in and around Chicago. Additionally, she also has more than 25 years in the nonprofit world. With a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Tita has provided strategic direction and oversight for a variety of children, youth and family services.