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Wendell Foster names new CEO

The Wendell Foster Board of Directors named Eric Scharf the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Wendell Foster is an Owensboro-based nonprofit organization that serves children and adults with disabilities.

From Hubbardston, Massachusetts, Scharf was selected as part of a national search.

He was previously employed as Chief Operating Officer of Community Systems, Inc., a nonprofit providing services and homes for people with physical, developmental, and mental disabilities in Virginia.

"I am honored to be named as the new CEO of Wendell Foster and am looking forward to embracing and empowering the organization's established mission and core principles. I am so pleased to introduce my family to a progressive and innovative community. It is my personal goal to establish a consistent person centered approach that fosters growth to optimize independence to all served. The Wendell Foster community has embraced my family and personal mission. It is my desire to now lead Wendell Foster towards continued excellence and innovation; together we will grow,” said Scharf.

Scharf is scheduled to begin work on December 5.

He is replacing Interim CEO Terry Brownson who is retiring for the second time. 

"Besides being very experienced in services as well as knowledgeable of the various funding sources available for services for people with disabilities, our senior management team was especially impressed with Eric's interactions with the children and adults whom we serve and with our employees. Our staff is excited to begin work with him in planning for Wendell Foster's next 70 years," Brownson said.

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(This story was originally published on December 1, 2017)

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