Dr. Francis Agunenye brings one of the most interesting, international backgrounds to the leadership team at Youth Villages. Born in West Africa in the pre-war dawn of the Nigerian-Biafra war, Dr. Agunenye moved to Italy in his later teen years. He graduated from the Pontifical Gregorian University with a bachelor's degree in practical philosophy and from Pontifical Salesian University with a master's degree in education. In addition, he earned a master's degree in mental health from Walden University and a doctorate degree in Christian counseling from the Carolina University of Theology.
Since joining Youth Villages as an overnight teacher counselor at the Deer Valley campus in 1997, Agunenye has served as a cottage supervisor, program manager, residential counselor, clinical manager, supervisor, and consultant at the Deer Valley Campus. After Deer Valley, Agunenye served as the West Tennessee community-based program regional manager before becoming director of the Bartlett Campus.