Waterford Country School announces new Executive Director

Posted on March 17, 2021. Category: Uncategorized, WCS News

The Waterford Country School’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Lacey as the agency’s new Executive Director – only the 5th in the Agency’s extensive 99 year history.

Chris will be following the recent retirement of Executive Director Bill Martin, who served the Agency with distinction for 41 years.

Chris has been with the Agency since 1998 when he began as a childcare worker for our child and animal welfare focused non-profit. He moved to oversee the agency’s Foster Care and Outpatient Clinic programs in Norwich for over 10 years, and has most recently served as our Assistant Executive Director.

In 1922, the Waterford Country School was started in New York City by the Schacht family as an alternative school program. Today, it provides special education schooling and boarding for many local school districts, summer camp programs, and youth shelter and family support programs on its 350 rural acre campus in Quaker Hill, CT. The school also boasts an eclectic farm where students and residents spend part of everyday working with rescued farm animals and rehabilitated wildlife. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with the amazing staff of Waterford Country School in a different role,” says Chris. “We are looking ahead with hope, especially as we prepare to celebrate the agency’s 100th anniversary in 2022.”