Karenne P. Levy is MTC’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with the board, staff and the people served at MacDonald Training Center. This organization is recognized for its transformational and innovative service approach. A model where people with disabilities are valued as contributing members of the community and are able to develop their talents, pursue their dreams and lead the lives they choose,” said Ms. Levy upon being appointed.
Ms. Levy is an experienced, mission-driven non-profit leader who believes in empowering people by providing them with the skills and opportunities necessary for them to lead and sustain independent lives. Ms. Levy comes to MTC from H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Center, where she led their Department of Patient Experience. Ms. Levy joined Moffitt after 14 years at Quest, Inc., a non-profit serving those with disabilities in Central Florida, where she most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer.
Ms. Levy received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Miami Institute of Psychology, her BA in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and Graduate Professional Certificate from Sacred Heart University School of Business. Ms. Levy lives in South Tampa with her family.
Ms. Levy’s appointment follows the retirement of James M. Freyvogel, President/CEO of MTC since 2001, who originally announced his planned retirement in January. Mr. Freyvogel has long been widely recognized and admired as a voice for the voiceless, a champion and leading advocate for thousands of people with disabilities and their families. He was the driving force for dynamic change at MTC over the last 15 years. He is well known in the field for leading the successful transitioning of the once sheltered workshop based organization into a community based resource and career training center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities with broad corporate and philanthropic support.
“All of us at MTC are saddened to see Jim leave, but wish him well in his well-deserved retirement. His unwavering commitment to people with disabilities is extraordinary. He has been an inspiration to the board members, staff and the individuals we are honored to serve,” said Thomas M. Wood, MTC Inc. Board Chair. “Karenne Levy brings to MTC a strong background in many aspects of the delivery of needed services and vital therapies for individuals with disabilities, and is a natural successor, with a shared vision of a successful future for people with disabilities and the long range vision and mission of MTC.”
In his acceptance speech he noted that he was receiving the award on behalf of all of the MTC board and Team members who have worked so hard to bring increased revenue and sustainability to the organization. He particularly thanked the BET team, headed by Judith DeStasio, and all of the many team members who have played their part in making MTC increasingly independent.
We send our thanks and heartfelt appreciation to all of you who voted, and voted, and voted again for Jim!
We do believe that this will help us to gain additional exposure for our services to the community.
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