Valley Achievement Center Selects New Executive Director

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Board’s Choice Affirms Commitment to Further Growth and Development

The board of directors of Valley Achievement Center (“VAC”), a local non-profit organization that provides educational and other programs for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, recently concluded a very thorough search for a new Executive Director by selecting Michael A. Morton, Ph.D.,effective August 20, 2012.

Morton is the former President and CEO of Nourish America headquartered in Ojai, California. He co-founded this award winning charitable organization that provides nourishing foods for at-risk groups and individuals nationwide. Morton also has extensive experience in directing operations of philanthropic, non-profit, health care management and grants administration programs through various organizations. He has a Masters in Psychology from Sonoma State University as well as a doctorate degree in Psychology from International College. In addition, Morton has served on numerous boards and committees of nonprofit organizations and has authored a book titled Five Steps to Selecting The Best Alternative Medicine, New World Library, 1996.

Commenting on the selection of Morton as the new Executive Director of VAC, Sara Oliver, president of VAC’s board of directors, stated that “we are very fortunate to have found such a talented individual who is also passionate about serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. We are confident that Michael has the ability and leadership skills to carry out the mission of Valley Achievement Center and take us to an even higher level of success in helping individuals who have been affected by Autism and other developmental disabilities.”

Regarding his appointment as the new Executive Director, Michael Morton shared, “I am deeply honored and inspired to take the helm as Executive Director at Valley Achievement Center. Its mission and core values, along with its dedicated staff and board are what make VAC the exceptional organization that it is. Its well documeted accomplishments assisting those with Autism Spectrum Disorder truly sets VAC apart as an organization that all Kern County residents can be very proud of.”

Since 1998, Valley Achievement Center has been a leading non-profit organization in Kern County, specializing in lifelong learning and growth for children and adults affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. Through a variety of scientifically based programs VAC makes a remarkable difference in the lives of special children and adults. VAC has approximately 200 exceptionally passionate and skilled employees who often receive praise from parents and others in our community for the positive results of their work.

To learn more about VAC please visit our website at or contact our Interim Executive Director, Joe Tallman at 661-617-6040.

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