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NYSID Appointed Vice Chair, Stanfort Perry, to Chair of the Board of Directors at 2020 Annual Meeting
October 26, 2020

NYSID Appointed Vice Chair, Stanfort Perry, to Chair of the Board of Directors at 2020 Annual Meeting

Perry Currently Serves as Executive Director of AHRC Nassau

(Albany, NY) – NYSID (New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc.) appointed Vice Chair, Stanfort Perry to Chair of the Board of Directors at the 2020 Annual Meeting on October 20, 2020. The theme of NYSID’s 2020 Annual Meeting: Employed. Included. Essential. 

NYSID is grateful to Kevin Crosley, Chief Executive Officer of Arc Herkimer, whose leadership as chair for the past three years provided clear direction for the organization. He will continue to serve the Board as immediate past chair. “The times in which we live require decisive, dedicated leadership.  NYSID has undergone unprecedented challenges brought on by this pandemic and the downturn in the state’s economy.  Nevertheless, under the visionary leadership of our Board Chair, Kevin Crosley, we have been able to weather the storm, as a team, and as a result our resilience as an organization continues to be strengthened.  Kevin has skillfully led this Board through our transition from one President/CEO to our current one.  And, he has done so with passion, integrity and thoughtfulness,” Perry told the audience at the Annual Meeting.

Perry is excited to fulfill his new role at NYSID. “During such a pivotal time, I am honored to lead, and continue, the important work of the NYSID Board of Directors and management team. COVID-19 has impacted all of our lives and contributed to the obstacles separating New Yorkers with disabilities from gainful employment. New Yorkers with disabilities are ready, willing and able to work, and in doing so, create outcomes that benefit us all, from retaining essential workers to lessening taxpayer dollars. As Board Chair, I look forward to advancing NYSID's mission and creating a more inclusive and diverse workforce throughout New York State, now and in the years to come,” he said. 

Perry has dedicated his career to supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). He has more than 30 years of experience in the disability field and currently serves as executive director of AHRC Nassau, one of the largest agencies in New York State supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). He also oversees operations of two affiliated organizations, Citizens Options Unlimited and the Brookville Center for Children's Services. Perry works in concert with Advantage Care Health Centers and the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities to provide high-quality medical and behavioral support services to people on Long Island.

A transformational leader who seeks to empower employees, Perry began his career as a residential direct support professional at the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York. Prior to AHRC Nassau, Perry served as executive director of Arc of Onondaga and Hopevale, Inc.