Twinsburg -- Hattie Larlham welcomes Dr. Wendy Pardee as its new president, a new position that will see Pardee serve alongside the CEO and Board of Directors for the non-profit organization.
Pardee, 45, of Hudson, will work with CEO Dennis Allen and the Board to develop strategic and coordinated approaches to service delivery.
"It is an honor to join Hattie Larlham in this role," Pardee said. "This organization has an outstanding reputation for creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice. I am excited to provide leadership and support of Hattie Larlham's high quality services and innovative programming and look forward to building relationships with all of our stakeholders."
Pardee's appointment came after a broad national search, according to Hattie officials.
"Wendy is a dynamic leader who is deeply committed to Hattie Larlham's mission," said Hattie Larlham Care Group Board of Directors President Michael Weinhardt. "Her breadth of experience and passion for innovation make her an excellent choice as Hattie Larlham moves forward to proactively address the needs of those we serve."
Pardee and her family relocated to Hudson from central Pennsylvania.
She has more than 15 years of experience in the human services sector. Prior to joining Hattie, she was chief executive officer for Skills of Central Pennsylvania, a $50 million intellectual disability and behavioral healthcare provider.
She has a bachelor of arts degree in accounting and management of information systems, a master's degree in business administration and a doctorate in administration and leadership studies. She has served on community health councils, local YMCA boards, community day care boards, the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association board, the Center Area Transportation Authority Board and the American Association of University Women.
She is the president for Hattie Larlham, a non-profit organization that began in 1961.
The organization provides residential, medical, recreational and work training services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Northeast and Central Ohio. Statewide, 1,800 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services from Hattie Larlham. For more information, visit www.hattielarlham.org.
-- Compiled by Editor Andrew Schunk