Warwick, RI (January 19, 2023) – J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center, a Rhode Island provider of services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is thrilled to announce that Dr. Al Vario was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2023.
Al takes the helm of the Trudeau Center at a terrific time for the Rhode Island nonprofit founded in 1964. After seven years of working as Trudeau’s Chief Operating Officer — and with strong leadership from now retired Judith A. Sullivan — Al looks forward to bringing his vast nonprofit experience to Trudeau.
Over 30 years ago, Al sparked his human services career by becoming a Direct Support Professional and has never looked back. Al explains, “My focus was, and always has been, to provide children and adults with disabilities the best possible opportunities to thrive and succeed.” Appropriately, Al’s focus mirrors Trudeau’s mission to enhance the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Dr. Al Vario has earned an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Northeastern University, as well as an M. A .in Psychology and a B.S. in Health Education and Community Health from Rhode Island College. His doctoral research focused on nonprofit sustainability and innovation. Dr. Vario’s career highlights include numerous senior leadership positions across a variety of nonprofit agency and hospital settings, consulting roles and he is a professor for Drexel University’s M.S. in Nonprofit Management program.
“Trudeau’s Board is excited to have Dr. Al Vario as the new President and CEO,” said Chairman of the Board Jeff Bogosian. “His strong leadership abilities and community ties will ensure that the Trudeau Center continues to thrive.”
As Al leads over 400 employees who support hundreds of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, his rich academic background and immense nonprofit knowledge will be a great benefit to the Trudeau Center.
About the Trudeau Center
The Trudeau Center’s mission is to promote an enhanced quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since 1964, Trudeau has served as the area’s leading provider of services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is one of the few human service organizations that serves individuals at all stages of life.
To learn more about the Trudeau Center, visit www.trudeaucenter.org.