Professional experience reflects 34 years of non-profit organizational leadership, development and sound fiscal management, encouraging positive change and implementation of quality services and supports for persons with disabilities. Utilize best practices / outcome-based measures with strategic positioning / planning to address the changing wants and needs of consumers / stakeholders. Create collaborative partnerships leveraging diverse public / private financial support. Advocate for disabled populations seeking community-wide, corporate, governmental and philanthropic sector involvement. Operate each nonprofit organization as a any business entity accountable to its respective stockholders, ensuring efficiency / cost-effectiveness of its day-to-day operations, positive bottom line, the return on investment expected by its donors, the cohesive direction and motivation of its Board, staff and volunteers, and the clarity and concise communication of its intent, value, and tangible outcomes.
Personal strengths include the acquired ability to be spontaneous / multi-tasking, a keen eye for detail with sound analytical skills to address diverse situations with appropriate responses necessary to minimize negative impact on operations, eliminate identified barriers and proactive problem solving. Additional strengths include:
Â· Staff recruitment, training, assessment, growth and team building;
Â· Open and concise verbal and written communications;
Â· Budgeting / resource utilization with fiscal accountability;
Â· Sound risk management;
Â· Effective grant writing, fundraising, event facilitation, and community networking;
Â· Long-term Board of Directors partnerships with clear role / responsibilities delineation;
Â· Personal commitment to systems improvement, accountability with acceptance of
responsibility for all actions and the ability to do what is necessary to get the job done
while delivering quality products, services and supports..
Â· Increased the Rochelle Center’s Balance Sheet by 144% while reducing liabilities to net a current ratio of 2.75.
Â· Developed THDA / MDHA Housing Grants to acquire and renovate for accessibility 10 properties for use as integrated
community supported living homes for the disabled valued at $2.5M.
Â· Purchased wholly-owned single member limited liability subsidiary business for use in food service job training for the
disabled and at the same time enhancing public awareness of their employability.
Â· Successfully raised $350,000. for the purchase of accessible vehicles and a production truck for use in Rochelle programs and production operations.
Â· Initiated collaborations with Davidson County Mental Health and Drug Courts to create work adjustment / transitional work skill training and specialized emergency and transitional housing for the dual and triple diagnosed populations.
Â· Instituted strategic planning for the diversification of service populations to include disabled Veterans, Traumatic Brain
Injured and Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement in both work training and specialized residential supports.
Â· In 2009, successfully completed the thirteenth Annual Chukkers for Charity Polo Benefit fundraiser raising a cumulative
To be a contributing member of a forward-thinking team committed to valued services or industry where strong administrative experience, management education and acquired practical skills / abilities are both valued and can be used to make a difference.
PRESIDENT / CEO 1999 TO 2009
Rochelle Center Nashville, Tennessee
Served 10 years as the nonprofit organization’s third administrator in its 40 years of operation. Worked closely with the staff and Board of Directors to change the organization from an overly institutional setting to one of self-determination for adults with developmental disabilities it serves, encouraging all toward community integration. A successful paradigm shift in the provision of supports included individualized outcome-based program planning, measurements and consumer choice. Most importantly, all modifications were followed by human and fiscal resource reallocations based upon the changing wants and needs of the consumers / families. The Center became a CHDO (Community Housing Development Agency) using federal funding to create accessible low income housing opportunities for disabled throughout the Metro Nashville area. The Rochelle Center ended each of the last 10 fiscal years in the black and the ability to restrict assets annually for capital / program improvements, accumulating reserves in excess of $1.M.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 1997 to 1999
Life Action Tennessee, Inc. Nashville, Tennessee
Start up responsibilities for a new non-profit provider agency focused on providing specialized community-based support living services for the severely disabled that are medically fragile. In the 2 years of tenure, successfully created sixteen facilities across all three regions of Tennessee, completing all staffing recruitment / training, acquisition and accessibility renovation of single family homes obtaining federal housing grants and private sector mortgages. Developed operating policies; procedures and service protocols; established quality assurance standards and compliance with governmental mandates / accountability. The start up operation grew to $3.M in the first two years of operation. The position required extensive travel and time investment.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION AND DEVELOPMENT 1988 to 1997
Charter Management Group, Ltd. Elmhurst, Illinois
Merger with Pact, Inc. resulted in new position directing all administrative departments of the parent company including finance, human resources, properties management, development and special projects. Oversight of 500 employees, $14.M operating budget. Coordinated the Foundation for Persons with Disabilities’ Self-Sufficiency Trust (a public/private legislatively-based supplemental needs trust passed in 10 states). Represented the Foundation in nation-wide conference presentations and consultant to sponsoring legislators. Travelled extensively educating on the value of the specialized pooled-income trust model.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 1985 to 1988
Pact, Inc. Chicago, Illinois
Directed this private, nonprofit guardianship agency designed to serve as co-guardian of person and coordinate with corporate (bank) guardians of estate for adults with mental retardation, mental illness and the aged, whose parents or family were aging and /or unable to independently serve. Worked with family-controlled Board of Directors in expanding related private pay services. Finally, facilitated the planned merger with Charter Management Group, Ltd. and the Foundation for Persons with Disabilities to allow the agency to implement its planned pooled income trust program.
REGIONAL GUARDIANSHIP ADMINISTRATOR 1982 TO 1985
Office of State Guardian Champaign, Illinois
Administrator assigned over 25 middle Illinois counties as the state guardian of last resort for persons with mental disabilities and the aged when appointed by Probate Courts as guardian of person and / or estate. Served as liaison and advisor with Circuit Court network for investigating the need for guardianship adjudication. Served 300 wards in the middle Illinois region. Acted as one of 5 State Guardianship Administrators on-call state-wide serving several thousand wards. Provided public information and referral on guardianship process and procedures.
DIRECTOR OF ADULT SERVICES 1980 TO 1982
Developmental Services Centers Champaign, Illinois
Directed a large free-standing, multi-county work adjustment/production training center for the disabled serving 300 with a staff of 50. Focused on work hardening skills, increase work adjustment earnings and sub-contract / prime product production, marketing specialty concrete products like swimming pool tiles, parking curbs and stepping stones. Increased production efficiency by 50% and expanded the prime product line to include engineering survey stakes and wood products.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 1975 TO 1980
Wabash Area Vocational Enterprises, Inc. Mt. Carmel, Illinois
Planning to take only one year leave from the public schools, assumed administrative development of this start up agency designed to give special education students a transitional work training option after graduation, but grew into four. Initiated a county tax base to fund the construction of a new building. Developed the program to both work training and residential services, serving over 100 adults with disabilities.
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER 1973 to 1975
Wabash District Public Schools Mt. Carmel, Illinois
Taught self-contained class for all four years of high school special education. Provided itinerant instruction for learning disabled. Taught child development courses at Wabas h Community College.
Masters of Science in Business Administration University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois
Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Administration Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois
Bachelors of Science in Special Education Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois