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AFTER 21 YEARS QUEENS NON-PROFIT TO BE LED BY NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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AFTER 21 YEARS QUEENS NON-PROFIT TO BE LED BY NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

(College Point, NY) – After twenty-one years, AABR, Inc., a Queens based agency serving nearly 1000 individuals with developmental disabilities in the New York Metropolitan area, will be led by a new Executive Director.

 

Tom McAlvanah, former Executive Vice President of the Non-Profit Lifespire, Inc. will be taking the reins from the retiring Christopher Weldon. “We are lucky to have him,” says Weldon, who financially quadrupled AABR’s size during his time at the helm.

“I never thought of leaving,” says McAlvanah when asked about his move to AABR from Lifespire, his home for the last 34 years. He explains that when he first heard of the position, he was in the throws of organizing a “Night at the Apollo” for people with special needs. It was the furthest thing from his mind.

 

“There’s no way he would have made this leap if the agency [AABR] wasn’t so heartfelt in its mission,” says long-time friend, Phil Vassallo.

 

McAlvanah echoes the same sentiments. “When I visited the New York Child Learning Institute (NYCLI) [AABR’s school for children with autism], I was touched by the engagement of the children and dedication of the staff. I knew there was something special here.” Aside from NYCLI, AABR employs over 660 New Yorkers in the areas of Day Programs, Group Residences and Family Services, throughout the five boroughs and Long Island.

 

Well known in his field in the NYC area, especially from his time as Board President of the Bronx Developmental Disabilities Council, McAlvanah is also widely respected throughout the state. For 8 years he served as President of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA), which represents more than 200 not-for-profit service provider agencies with a combined workforce of approximately 70,000 employees. “He’s a great leader and mentor,” says Steve Klein, now NYSACRA President.

 

Away from the office, McAlvanah is a family man. He and his wife of 33 years, Margaret, have two wonderful children, James, 20 and Nichole, 14, who are both card-carrying Disney World Club Members. In his free time, McAlvanah works out five times a week by jogging, biking or playing on his softball team.

However, whether it is at home or in his work, he sees his role as a guide, “to help great people carry out a mission, I like to lead from the back of the ship,” he concludes.

 

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