Marcel Lue, M.HS, LCCA, LCPAA, has been named chief executive officer of the Nelson Children’s Center, the residential treatment facility operated by Lutheran Social Services (LSS),in Denton, Texas. The Nelson Center 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.
“We are so fortunate to have Marcel Lue on board at the Nelson Center,” said Nelson’s director of volunteers Rebekah Poling. “The Nelson staff really appreciates his commitment to teamwork and the kids think he’s just awesome.”
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.”