January, 2011Marcel Lue, M.HS, LCCA, LCPAA, has been named chief executive officer of the Nelson Children’s Center, a nonprofit residential treatment facility in Denton, Texas. The Nelson Center, operated by Lutheran Social Services (LSS), treats children (ages 5-15) with severe emotional and behavioral problems, resulting from past abuse and neglect.
Lue has been serving as interim CEO at the Nelson Center for the past several months, and was the program director at the facility for more than a year. In this position he managed all direct care, non-therapeutic staff, and supervised the children’s day-to-day activities and programs.
Lue has a Masters of Human Services degree from Bellevue University, with an emphasis in Human Services and Consumer Relations. A native of Nebraska, he was formerly employed by Father Flanagan’s Boys’ & Girls’ Town, where he was charged with opening new Boys’ Town campuses throughout the United States. Before joining the staff at the Nelson Center Lue was director of residential care at Boysville Inc., a comprehensive residential care facility near San Antonio. The Nelson Center is based on a similar model of therapy.
“My plans for the Nelson Center revolve around carrying out the mission of Lutheran Social Services: Providing ‘Help, Healing, and Hope’ to the children in our care,” Lue said. “The ‘healing’ element is particularly critical, and by working with a cohesive staff to enhance all our educational, therapeutic, and extracurricular programs, I am confident that we can accomplish our goals.”
In addition to the Nelson Children’s Center, LSS programs include three other children’s residential facilities in Texas, plus therapeutic foster care, adoption, adult day care, senior health care and retirement centers, and disaster response and emergency assistance. LSS serves more than 45,000 children, elderly, and poor in Texas and Louisiana annually.