Detroit Institute for Children Welcomes Janette Kolodge as Director of Development

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Michigan nonprofit adds new position as next step in achieving growth.

“Kolodge's experience will allow us to continue to grow, so we can help even more children with special needs maximize their potential.”

The Detroit Institute for Children (DIC), Southeast Michigan’s leading nonprofit provider of therapy for special needs children, today announced the appointment of Janette (Jan) F. Kolodge as director of development.

In this newly created role, Kolodge is responsible for the organization’s fund development and fundraising management, including oversight of the DIC development department. Kolodge brings to the DIC 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience, having held executive positions in strategic program and fund development, public relations and marketing at various nonprofits in Europe and the United States.

Kolodge’s most recent positions prior to joining the DIC include Michigan executive director for the Women’s Heart Health /Sister to Sister Foundation, Michigan state executive director for MADD, and vice president of development & public relations for NewPassages (now Hope Network). Her many honors include being appointed in 2011-2015 to the Michigan State Legislative Committee on Substance Abuse Treatment Courts with a special interest in Victim Support and Juvenile and Veteran Court Development.    

Kolodge’s appointment comes at a critical time in the DIC’s growth. Established in 1920, the organization operated for many decades out of a single Detroit clinic. Within the last few years, the DIC has expanded through the acquisition of the Abilities Center in Walled Lake and the Pediatrics Potentials center in St. Clair Shores. It has also begun providing school contract services across Southeast Michigan and therapy services out of the Judson Center in Royal Oak.

“We are very excited to have Kolodge join our leadership team,” said DIC President and CEO Mark Cleary, “Her experience and knowledge will allow us to continue to grow, so we can enable even more children and young adults with special needs to maximize their potential.”

About the Detroit Institute for Children
The DIC is What Special Needs. The organization has been providing specialized diagnostic, medical and rehabilitative care to children with disabilities for nearly a century. A comprehensive array of services and programs provides a continuum of care for children and young adults with physical, neurological or developmental disabilities. The DIC’s licensed therapists and professional staff provide the highest quality care available. Their emphasis is on treating the whole child, not just the disability, and working with family and caregivers to maximize the potential for independent functioning. The positive emphasis is on abilities, not disabilities. Whether a child’s condition resulted from a birth defect, illness or injury, whether it is mild or severe, the DIC is exactly What Special Needs.

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