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Tehan retires after nearly 40 years as Upstate Cerebral Palsy leader

The Business Journal - 6/9/2018

UTICA - After nearly 40 years as president and CEO of Upstate Cerebral Palsy, Louis B. Tehan retired on May 1. Upon his retirement, Geno DeCondo, previously chief operating officer of Upstate Cerebral Palsy, assumed leadership of the agency as executive director.

A native of Utica, Tehan joined Upstate Cerebral Palsy as executive director in 1979. At that time, the agency had a budget of $1 million with one building serving 450 individuals. Over the course of the next four decades, he paved the way for the rapid acquisition of new buildings and treatment sites, as well as the development of new programs across New York state, the organization said in a news release.

With its first residence opening in 1986, the agency has since opened more than 50 additional sites for children and adults across seven counties and expanded services centered on individuals' needs.

'Tehan has been the voice for thousands of people with differing abilities who were unable to speak or advocate for their needs. Throughout his tenure, he has tirelessly advocated for increased supports for the people who receive Upstate Cerebral Palsy's services. He also has lobbied for and is committed to supporting staff through increased wages for direct support workers," Upstate Cerebral Palsy said.

"While I've learned many things over the past 39 years, I believe the most important lessons have come from the courageous pioneers that started our agency..." stated Tehan. "Our agency has matured as the leader of quality, individually based innovative services, and it is our honor and privilege to serve every person as if he or she were the only person receiving those services - for this I am so proud."

DeCondo began his career with Upstate Cerebral Palsy in 2008 as the executive VP and later was named chief operating officer/chief financial officer in November 2016. In addition to handling an extensive budget across multiple affiliate agencies, he was executive director of Mohawk Valley Handicapped Services, Inc., an affiliate that served as a holding corporation for many Upstate Cerebral Palsy facilities, the release stated.

Upstate Cerebral Palsy is a provider of direct-care services and programs for individuals who are physically, developmentally, or mentally challenged, and their families. The organization generated nearly $86 million in total revenue in 2016. *


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