The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc, a non-profit human services organization that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities, has announced that three new members have been selected to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors. The new board members are Donna Curtin, Michael Hartman, and Deborah Shenk. They were installed at the annual meeting on March 1, 2016. Current Board of Directors chairman, Michael Chater, states that, “IPPI is very excited by the addition of three very energetic, highly qualified new members. The organization is immersed in a period of transition and growth. Donna, Michael, and Deborah bring forth valuable skills and experience which will help us achieve our goals”.
Donna Curtin, MA, co-owner of VRS Disability Management, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who lives in Montpelier. Donna has spent more that seventeen years working in various vocational and rehab counseling positions in central Vermont prior to starting her own company.
Michael Hartman, MSW is the Behavioral Health Director at Lamoille County Mental Health Services. Michael was previously the Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of Vermont. This would be Michael’s second tenure as a member of IPPI’s board of directors. He previously served in 2007 prior to taking on the Commissioner’s role. Michael also lives in Montpelier.
Deborah Shenk is currently the Director of Operations for Shenk Enterprises, a real estate development firm in Burlington. Deborah was formerly the Director of Development for the Shelburne Museum and the Howard Center. While at the Shelburne Museum, Deborah also served as the Interim Museum President. Deborah currently lives in South Burlington.
Lou Giramma, IPPI’s Chief Executive Officer said “We are all very excited to welcome new members to the board. Serving on a non profit Board of Directors involves a great deal of time and dedication. It requires a great commitment to carry forth the mission of the Agency. Donna, Michael and Deborah have shown a deep commitment to the world of human services throughout their careers. They bring with them a new and fresh perspective and IPPI is very fortunate to have them on our board.”
The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. based in Montpelier, is a private, non-profit human service and educational organization serving people with autism and other developmental disabilities in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The Agency’s approach to services begins with a commitment to the individual. Its values reflect a respect and compassion for people with special needs. The Institute has been driven by a mission to make a positive difference – built on a respect for differences – in the lives of the people served. With over 1100 employees, the IPPI serves approximately 1000 clients and their families throughout each of its state operations.