NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County has appointed Donna Fayko as the county’s Health and Human Services Consolidated Agency director. Fayko will begin in this role on Tuesday, October 6, and will be the county’s first agency director after the Public Health and Social Services departments consolidated in July 2019.
“We took the past year to consolidate and ensure better efficiencies among the departments, and we determined that a director of the two agencies would help bring even greater integrated service delivery to our community,” said County Manager Chris Coudriet. “Donna has experience in a consolidated agency in Mecklenburg County, she has a deep understanding of social work and human services, and has a demonstrated history of being a strong leader. She understands what the county wants to achieve as a Health and Human Services Agency in the years to come and will be integral in developing new partnerships for the collective good of our entire county.”
Fayko currently serves as the director of the Rowan County Department of Social Services, where she has been since 2012. Prior to that, she was deputy director of the Mecklenburg County DSS Youth and Family Services and has served within the health and human services system for 32 years.
At a special called meeting Wednesday, August 26, county administration recommended Fayko as the agency director and the New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board unanimously consented to the selection.
“Ms. Fayko brings extensive leadership and human service experience in collaborating with public agencies and private sector businesses; and the HHS Board views these skills as critical to integrating social care into the health care delivery system,” said Dr. Virginia Adams, PhD, RN, FAAN, who served as part of the county’s hiring panel and is a member of the consolidated agency board, is a former member of both the Health Board and Social Services Board, and is a current member of the county’s Partnership Advisory Group. “We value the opportunity to work with Donna as we strengthen consolidation between Public Health and Social Services and continue our collaborative mission to serve our citizens and keep our community healthy.”
Fayko holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in probation and parole from Pfeiffer University, as well as a master’s degree in counselor education from Pennsylvania State University. She is immediate past president of the NC Association for County Directors of Social Services.
“I am looking forward to this opportunity to join New Hanover County and the Health and Human Services team,” said Fayko. “I have already heard from local officials and others across the state how talented and dedicated the staff is and I know they are doing incredible work. So I am ready to work with each one of them – as well as everyone in the community – to build strong partnerships, enhance quality customer experiences, and encourage synergy across the departments and across the county to benefit those we serve.”