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Providence Names Karen Adams-Gilchrist CEO and President


Contact: Aimee Bullen

October 11, 2016
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Providence Announces New Leadership: Karen Adams-Gilchrist named CEO and President

Providence Announces New Leadership: Karen Adams-Gilchrist named CEO and President

Glen Burnie – Providence, a non-profit organization that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announced today that it has selected Karen P. Adams-Gilchrist as its new Chief Executive Officer effective November 15, 2016.

Adams-Gilchrist will join Providence with more than 25 years of nonprofit management and supervisory experience, most recently as Chief Program Officer for Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia.

“We are delighted to have Karen join Providence as its new CEO,” said Charles “Chuck” Goodman, Chairman of Providence’s Board of Directors. “The selection process was rigorous and Karen’s leadership skills and track record in organizational management, program development, and strategic planning will build a strong future for Providence. Her career has been devoted to serving and empowering people with disabilities and it is clear she has our mission at heart.”

“Providence has been supporting its community for 55 years with strong and dynamic programs that are impacting lives throughout Anne Arundel County, said Karen Adams-Gilchrist. I am humbled to join the Providence’s team. I look forward to building on Providence’s rich history and working alongside an extraordinary team of staff to ensure a solid financial position and supportive programs that continue to enrich lives and create fulfilling and contributing roles in the community by doing the right things for the right reasons, Everyday.”

Karen will relocate from North Carolina where she has spent the past 25+ years in the developmental disabilities field, including 19 years of program operations oversight at Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia where she was responsible for a budget of $75 million, a staff of 2,000 employees, and programs that supported more than 20,000 individuals. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bowie State University in Maryland.

Providence, a non-profit organization based in Anne Arundel County, empowers adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build skills, gain independence, reach life goals, and find meaningful, contributing roles in their communities. Providence meets the growing needs of nearly 500 men and women through an array of services and supports, including job discovery, vocational training and supported employment, skills training for more independent living, and transportation.

The mission of Providence is to provide services that allow individuals with disabilities to enjoy increased self-determination in leading a more independent, valuable and functioning role in society. These support services are individually designed and professionally managed to enable these individuals to exercise higher levels of control over their lives.

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