May 25, 2018
Cardinal Cushing Centers Names Michael Andrade President, CEO

Michael Andrade
October 13, 2016 — Cardinal Cushing Centers, a Hanover nonprofit that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently announced that Michael Andrade has been appointed president and chief executive officer.

Andrade succeeds predecessor Jo Ann Simons, who held the post for eight years until stepping down last January to take on the role of president and CEO of the Northeast Arc in Danvers. Peter H. O’Meara, Cushing board member, has been serving as interim president and CEO since then.

Paul Kiley, board chair of Cardinal Cushing Centers, said, "A recognized leader of disability services throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as well as the State of Rhode Island, we look forward to welcoming Mr. Andrade to the top leadership position at Cardinal Cushing Centers.

"We believe Andrade's proven leadership abilities, experience in the field and sense of passion for our mission are a recipe for a very successful tenure."

Andrade, who assumes his new duties Oct. 17, most recently completed 12 years in a similar position at The Arc of Bristol County.

Prior to his role at The Arc of Bristol County, Andrade was vice president of the Kent County Chapter RIArc. Mr. Andrade currently serves as the director of the Nonprofit Studies Program and adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Social Work.

At The Arc of Bristol County, Andrade expanded the agency's revenues from $1 million to more than $12 million by identifying priorities and planned investments. When Andrade first arrived at The Arc, it reportedly had very little infrastructure. Andrade led the charge to expand the organization to eight satellite sites that were custom-focused toward the needs of each community.

Andrade and The Arc accomplished critical growth during a challenging economic time, in part, by building new partnerships with community leaders and philanthropists. In 2003, the organization relied on two funding streams in contrast to more than 53 varied programs today.

"With the current challenges posed by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Home and community based services rule, as well as the demand for increased integration, I see this as an amazing opportunity for the Cardinal Cushing Centers to be a change pioneer," said Andrade. "I am looking forward to implementing the board's vision of creating an integrated neighborhood, one where people with and without disabilities live, learn, work, and socialize together as one community."

Andrade is a graduate of Rhode Island College, where he also received his Master of Social Work degree.

Founded in 1947 as a day and residential school for students with intellectual disabilities, Cardinal Cushing Centers, now supports more than 600 individuals of all ages, with the goal of helping each student and adult to become included and independent members of society. Programs include, among others, affordable housing, community programs, education, employment training, recreational, therapeutic, and residential services.

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