Alta California Regional Center Announces Phil Bonnet as New Executive Director

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Alta California Regional is non-profit corporation that creates and maintains partnerships to support all persons with developmental disabilities, children at risk, and their families in choosing services and supports through individual lifelong planning to achieve satisfying lifestyles in their own communities.

This selection will promote a future where all individuals are recognized as valued members of their communities.

Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) Board of Directors today announced Phil Bonnet as Executive Director.

Alta California Regional is non-profit corporation that creates and maintains partnerships to support all persons with developmental disabilities, children at risk, and their families in choosing services and supports through individual lifelong planning to achieve satisfying lifestyles in their own communities.

Bonnet, who was recognized last October by the Supported Life Institute, a statewide group promoting inclusion of people with disabilities in communities, will begin his new job on September 1. He brings a wealth of experience as the Executive Director of the Redwood Coast Regional Center (RCRC). Prior to his work at RCRC he spent nearly twenty years as a direct service provider to Californians who are affected by developmental disabilities. Bonnet has also worked as the Community Relations Manager for a large California aerospace company.

“The commitment he has shown for persons with developmental disabilities along with his knowledge and experience are a tremendous asset for ACRC,” said Gail Janke, President ACRC Board of Directors. Janke also expresses optimism that Mr. Bonnet will bring positive leadership to the agency. “ACRC remains focused on fulfilling the primary duty of providing and supporting case management to persons with developmental disabilities.”

ACRC received great support for the announcement from disability advocates, including persons who receive services through the regional center, families with children with disabilities and community-based providers who all noted his ability to build and create partnerships that they believed promotes independence and inclusion of persons with disabilities in their communities.

“I believe that by working together with our partners in the community with a shared vision for the future, we can restore trust and create an environment that promotes and recognizes excellence within the agency and from our community service providers,” said Bonnet.

Alta California Regional Center, established in 1969 has a $200 million budget, is one of the largest of the 21 regional support centers and provides coordination and oversight services to more than 14,000 infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities in Sacramento and nine other counties.

Each of the 21 non-profit regional centers contracts with the California Department of Developmental Services. The regional centers contract with local community-based organizations and individuals to provide services and support for infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities. The regional centers fund independent living, supported living services, supported employment and work activity programs, residential services, respite, early interventions services and day programs. Other programs and services, such as In-Home Supportive Services, Medi-Cal, and special education that persons with developmental disabilities may also receive, are funded by county or school agencies.

Liberty Benefit Insurance Services, a nationwide consultant for HR and recruitment services, assisted ACRC in the recruitment process. “After an exhaustive search of all the candidates and an active recruitment campaign we found the ideal candidate for ACRC,” Ryan Kennedy, of Liberty Benefit Insurance Services. “This selection will promote a future where all individuals are recognized as valued members of their communities.”

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