When the Greater Richmond ARC went searching for a new director of Camp Baker Services, they felt extremely fortunate to find Francis ('Fran') Fitzgerald, a native New Yorker with extensive not-for-profit experience.
ARC President Marshall Butler said what made Francis ('Fran') Fitzgerald really stand out were his credentials. Fitzgerald has more than 25 years of successful managerial and executive experience in the not-for-profit sector.
His résumé includes 11 years with the New York City Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC), two years with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), and most recently as the Director of Program Development for Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) in Smithtown, New York, where he developed new programs and service initiatives that included over $20 million in agency expansion.
In his new role at ARC, Fitzgerald will oversee Camp Baker Services, ARC's handicapped-accessible facility in Chesterfield County that provides residential summer camp programs, year-round weekend and emergency respite care, and daily programs of adult day support and after school care, all for individuals with developmental disabilities.
In addition, Fitzgerald will serve as Vice President of Program Development, a newly created position at ARC. In this capacity, Fitzgerald will serve on ARC's executive team and will assess the potential development of new programs in other ARC divisions as well as the expansion of the current programs for people with developmental disabilities throughout Chesterfield County and beyond.
'In my new position, I have the opportunity to both oversee daily programs for people with developmental disabilities ' and I love the daily contact with the people we serve ' as well as assist the ARC in developing new services and programs,' said Fitzgerald. 'It's the best of both worlds for me.'
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