New York, NY (PRWEB) December 19, 2012
After 33 years of service, Paul Oddo, Executive Vice President of Lifespire will retire at the end of December.
Oddo joined Lifespire in 1979 as a Program Director. He then became Director of Management Systems and later Assistant Executive Director. He was named Executive Vice President in 1998.
“I have worked with Paul for the past eleven years and I have consistently been impressed with his calmness during difficult times. Paul does most of his critical thinking commuting to and from work. I cant tell you how often he would leave work at the end of a long day puzzled over an issue, only to return the next day having thought of a perfect solution. I am really going to miss Paul not only as a colleague, but also as a dear friend,” Says Mark van Voorst, Executive Director at Lifespire.
In addition to his long service with Lifespire, he has worked tirelessly in multiple industry organizations. He is Vice Chairman of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Institute and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYRSA), to which he was first elected in 1998. In 2000, he was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for New York State Industries for the Disabled. He is also active with the American Congress of Community Supports and Employment Services, a national organization that advocates on behalf of community rehabilitation programs, which serve the disabled.
“I'm pleased that I have been able to make a contribution to people with developmental disabilities. I’ve always considered my role similar to that of an orchestra conductor. Fully realizing that without the musicians in the pit, there would be no music. I’ve been fortunate to have had a staff that makes beautiful music,” shares Oddo.
Oddo, 65, will remain with Lifespire in an advisory capacity and in particular continue to provide support for the extensive suite of web-based applications, which he designed and implemented.
More About Lifespire
Celebrating over 60 years of advocacy and services to New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, Lifespire is committed to the principle that all individuals with a developmental disability are able to become contributing members of their family and community. It is Lifespire's aim to provide these individuals with the assistance and support necessary so that they can attain the skills needed to maintain themselves in their community in the most integrated and independent manner possible. For more information about Lifespire and those they serve, log onto http://www.lifespire.org.