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Posted on: May 8, 2019

City Announces New Director of Youth, Family & Senior Services

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For Immediate Release:

COLLEGE PARK, MD May 8, 2019 - City Manager Scott Somers has announced the appointment of Kiaisha L. Barber as the Director of the City’s Youth, Family and Senior Services Department full-time effective June 17, 2019.  Barber replaces Margaret “Peggy” Higgins, who will retire in July after more than 29 years with the City.  “We are thrilled to have Kiaisha join the City of College Park. Her experience, skills and passion for youth service bureaus will be a great asset to the Department, the City and our community” said Scott Somers, City Manager.  

Barber is coming to the City with 18 years of clinical, local government and community-based experienced.  Most recently, she was the Director of School Based Programs for the Tri-County Youth Services Bureau in Waldorf, Maryland.  Barber has also provided consultation services on individual, group and family techniques for the City’s Youth, Family and Senior Services department and is a trained supervisor and therapist for Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Her prior experience includes roles such as Executive Director for the District Heights Youth Service Bureau, Manager of middle and high school health centers, and Assistant Director for a foster care agency. 

Barber is a licensed certified clinical social worker, with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington and a Bachelors in Psychology from  Ohio State University. 

“When you see Kiaisha at any one of the numerous events and activities sponsored by the City’s Department of Youth, Family and Senior Services, please help give her a warm welcome to the City!” said Somers.  


About the City of College Park: Situated just minutes from the nation’s capital, the City of College Park is home to the University of Maryland, the world’s oldest continuously operating airport and a wide variety of shops, restaurants, attractions and recreational opportunities.  The City is comprised of over 32,000 residents that reside in diverse settings from historic neighborhoods to luxury student housing complexes.

News and media outlets are encouraged to contact Ryna Quinones (; 240.487.3508)  regarding any inquiries or stories about the City of College Park.

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