June 23, 2017
 
Cardinal Cushing Centers Gets Second President in Two Weeks

Peter O'Meara
October 31, 2016 — Less than two weeks after he took over as president and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Centers, a Hanover nonprofit that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Michael Andrade stepped down from the post and has been replaced by board member Peter O'Meara.

Andrade, who started as president of Cardinal Cushing Centers on Oct. 17, resigned effective Oct. 28, the organization announced today, noting "it is with sadness that we inform you that due to personal reasons, Mr. Andrade is no longer able to fulfill his commitment to the role."

“We were thrilled to accept Peter’s offer to continue his good work as the leader of Cardinal Cushing Centers,” said board co-chairs Paul Kiley and David Smith. “He is seasoned, knowledgeable, well-respected in the field and his caring leadership style continues to be a wonderful fit for our organization.”

O’Meara had been serving as interim president and CEO since Jo Ann Simon resigned last January after eight years to become president and CEO of the Northeast Arc in Danvers.

Noting that the organization "stands strong and tall, O'Meara said, "I am honored and privileged to continue at the helm of this ship. Cardinal Cushing Centers is an outstanding organization, one that has positively changed the lives of thousands of people with disabilities and their families for several decades."

Like Andrade, O'Meara has a long and deep background working with people with developmental disabilities.

O’Meara has served on Cushing’s board of directors since 2011. He in 2011 after serving for more than 16 years as Connecticut's commissioner of developmental services. Following his retirement he provided consulting services to a number of organizations, including the Perkins School and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Since 2012 he has also served as the national director of government relations for Therap Services.

He attended Villanova University and Boston College and began his career with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare where he worked for 17 years as a manager and superintendent in the State School and Hospital system. He also was superintendent of the Fernald School in Waltham for 10 years.

O’Meara has been a supporter of Special Olympics and Best Buddies and participate for several years in the Hyannisport Challenge.

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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