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Hattie Larlham appoints Stephen Colecchi as interim leader

Stephen ColecchiThe Boards of Directors of Hattie Larlham are pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Colecchi, J.D., FACHE as Hattie Larlham’s interim leader, effective August 1, 2017.

Mr. Colecchi brings to Hattie Larlham 30 years of experience in transformational and effective organizational leadership, primarily in the healthcare field. A lifetime resident of Northeast Ohio, he has a deep understanding of and appreciation for Hattie Larlham’s high quality programs and services. The skills and experience he will bring to the role offer an invaluable complement to Hattie Larlham’s current executive leadership team, who will remain highly involved in the organization’s day-to-day operations.

“Steve is an experienced leader who is deeply committed to Hattie Larlham’s mission,” said Hattie Larlham Care Group Board of Directors President Michael Weinhardt. “His understanding of the healthcare landscape, appreciation for the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and his experience in navigating change make him the right person to lead Hattie Larlham at this time in our history.”

Previously, Mr. Colecchi served as president and chief executive officer of University Hospitals Portage Medical Center, formerly Robinson Memorial Hospital. In that role, he guided the hospital’s transition from county ownership to non-for-profit independent hospital to a member of the University Hospitals health system.

“It is a privilege to be entrusted with Hattie Larlham’s leadership as we focus on ensuring that high quality programs and services remain sustainable,” said Colecchi. “I am honored to be part of this organization, which has strong core of dedicated, caring employees and a long history of impacting the lives of people with intellectual developmental disabilities in meaningful and long-lasting ways.”

Initially, Mr. Colecchi will serve under contract as the executive consultant to Hattie Larlham. This arrangement ensures the presence of a leader with a strong background in organizational transition while the Ohio Board of Development Disabilities authorizes his appointment as Interim CEO.

Mr. Colecchi holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kent State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law. He and his wife Andrea reside in Kent, Ohio.

About Hattie Larlham

Established in 1961, Hattie Larlham is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio. The organization provides residential, medical, recreational and work training services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Statewide, 1,600 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities receive services from Hattie Larlham. For more information, visit www.hattielarlham.org.