October 15, 2019
N. Paul TonThat Now Leading Kennedy-Donovan Center

N. Paul TonThat
April 9, 2019 — The Kennedy-Donovan Center, a Foxboro-based nonprofit that provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities in eastern Massachusetts, last week announced that N. Paul TonThat has been named president and chief executive officer.

TonThat had been serving as interim CEO since September.

Bob Panessiti, board chairman of Kennedy-Donovan Center (KDC), said, “Kennedy-Donovan Center is excited to welcome N. Paul TonThat as our new president and CEO, based on his demonstrated ability to lead change that will make an impact on the 10,000 individuals and families we support annually. Paul has excellent leadership skills and we look forward to continuing to work with him to provide services that empower our individuals and families.”

KDC said that after he came to the United States from Vietnam in 1975, TonThat recognized how personal public policies impacted his own life and committed himself to work on the behalf of those whose lives have been marginalized.

TonThat started working in the human services field at BayCove Human Services, serving nearly a decade, during which he created and implemented bilingual, bi-cultural homes for homeless and the mentally ill; which became a national model.

He has managed successful transitions as CEO and interim executive, experienced in board development, fundraising, programs, and strategy at organizations at the Alzheimer’s Association (Connecticut chapter) and the Brain Tumor Society.

“It is an honor and a privilege to lead KDC at this time,” said TonThat. “Working together with the leadership team and all those who believe in a bright future for those we support, we will empower individuals and families through comprehensive and innovative services to reach their full potential in their lives.”

TonThat earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and finance from Bentley College and an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2011, he completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School.

Founded 50 years ago, KDC today, with 550 employees, serves more than 10,000 people with developmental delays, disabilities, or family challenges people living in 160 communities in eastern and south central Massachusetts, and the northeast corner of Connecticut. It has offices in Attleboro, Foxboro, Kingston, Milford, New Bedford, Southbridge, and West Yarmouth.

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