Nancy has been the President and CEO of Lifehouse since 2008 and also serves on its board. She has been with Lifehouse since 1992 and joined as the Director of Services/Associate Director. From 2005-2008, she served as the Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, and in 2008 became the President and CEO. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and an MA in Non-Profit Administration from the University of San Francisco, where she was a Merit Scholar and wrote her thesis, and graduated cum laude. She has over 35 years of experience of advancement in the management of programs for people with developmental disabilities.
During her tenure at Lifehouse, she has developed numerous new programs. Some of these include the development of new affordable housing for our clients, the coalition for social and recreation programs for young teens and adults, a senior program, supported living programs and currently is the Chair of the Marin Autism Collaborative, a county-wide effort to develop new programs for individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Nancy currently serves on the Marin Autism Steering Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for Golden Gate Regional Center and Marin Waldorf School.
Lifehouse was incorporated in Marin County in 1954 by a group of parents who wanted an educational program for their children with developmental disabilities. At that time there were no special education programs and children with special needs were at a loss for receiving educational services that met their unique requirements. With the help of visionary leaders at Dominican University and collaboration with Marin County Office of Education, the parents created a preschool, and later a kindergarten that eventually grew into an excellent special education program managed by the Marin County Office of Education. As long-time Lifehouse clients began to reach adulthood, our programs evolved to serve the needs of adults with developmental disabilities. Some of our clients have been with us since pre-school!
Read more about one of Lifehouse’s founders, Dr. Daniel Collins, who also played a pivotal role in advancing civil rights and establishing the Lanterman’s Act.
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