St. Christopher’s Inn Welcomes New Executive Director
St. Christopher’s Inn and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement are pleased to welcome Dr. James G. Schiller, Ph.D., as the new Executive Director of St. Christopher’s Inn, starting June 29th.
Dr. Schiller joins St. Christopher’s Inn from Argus Community, Inc., a Bronx-based nonprofit organization that provides innovative drug treatment programs and case and care management services for disadvantaged teens and adults. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Institute, a Masters of Arts in General Psychology from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts in General Psychology from St. Anselm College.
During his 25+ year tenure at Argus, Dr. Schiller held positions of increasing responsibility and leadership, including Program Director of HIV Case Management Services, Vice President of HIV Services, and, most recently, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director reporting to the President and CEO and providing oversight of medically supervised detox, residential treatment and chronic illness clinical and care management programs.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Schiller to St. Christopher’s,” said Father Dennis Polanco, SA, President and Spiritual Director of St. Christopher’s Inn. “He brings tremendous experience helping people break free of poverty and addiction to drugs and alcohol and build new lives based on the 12 steps of recovery, work, hope and personal responsibility that will serve him well as our new Executive Director.”
“Throughout his career, Dr. Schiller has worked to bring healing and hope to those with nowhere else to turn,” said Father Brian Terry, SA, Minister General of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. “We are thrilled to have him lead our team at St. Christopher’s Inn where we minister to the poorest of the poor, many of whom have fallen through the cracks in our society beyond the reach of state aid programs.”
“I am excited to join the talented and dedicated team at St. Christopher’s Inn,” said Dr. Schiller. “Working together, I know we can advance the Inn’s essential mission of bringing physical, emotional and spiritual healing and reconciliation to those in our community who struggle with homelessness and addiction.”