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CEO Richard Forkosh of United Cerebral Palsy Heartland receives National Leadership Award

News release courtesy of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), a CARF International Advisory Council member. Richard "Rick" Forkosh is a member and past chair of the CARF Board of Directors. 

St. Louis, Missouri -- On April 27, 2012, Stephen Bennett, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) National, presented the Kathleen O. Maul Leadership Award to Richard Forkosh, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy Heartland at the UCP "Transitioning for Tomorrow" conference reception in Washington, D.C.

The Kathleen O. Maul Leadership Award is presented to an exceptional executive director, as determined by their peers, in memory of Kathy Maul, a remarkable executive director at UCP of Suffolk who died young and left a legacy of leadership ability and strong commitment to UCP.

President and CEO Rick Forkosh began his career with UCP in 1983 as the organization's director of adult services. In 1984, he was promoted to become the assistant executive director. In this role, he provided program oversight to the entire organization, including program, budget, and staff development. Rick took the lead role in developing the organization's Semi-Independent Residential Program for adults with physical disabilities, a first of its kind in Missouri. In 1987, Rick was promoted to become the organization's president and CEO. Under Rick's leadership, the organization's budget has grown fourfold and programs have expanded from six core services to 18. Rick has served as chair (1992-1997) and immediate past chair (1997-1999) of UCP's National Administrators Council. He has received the Irwin Siegel Agency/UCPA Distinguished Leadership Award, and he presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF), an international accreditation body. Rick was the first person elected to serve two consecutive terms as the chair of CARF's Board of Directors.

"It is clear that Rick has proven leadership ability, but what about Rick, the man?" asked UCP President and CEO Stephen Bennett during the opening reception at the 2012 Annual Conference. "His peers would call him passionate about the mission, tenacious about civil rights, a formidable executive with a dry sense of humor, and a gentle giant of a man who loves a good debate! I remember one Monday morning years ago, calling Rick to touch base, and, when I asked how Rick was doing, he explained he wasn't so well. It turned out that he had been up driving UCP clients around all Sunday evening after an agency was without power, and he was trying to find them a place to sleep. You don't hear about that type of dedication often, and Rick is a UCP executive who has dedicated his life to helping people with disabilities, no matter the circumstance."

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About UCP Heartland 

Since 1953, United Cerebral Palsy Heartland (UCP) has been dedicated to supporting individuals with cerebral palsy and with other disabilities, including; Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, physical disabilities, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The mission of UCP is to provide the highest quality of programs, services, and supports while advancing the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of individuals with disabilities in Central and Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois. UCP provides five primary services, including Children's Services, Family Support Services, Adult Day Services, Residential Services, and Employment Services. For more information, please visit www.ucpheartland.org.

About United Cerebral Palsy 

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates, and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together, with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities by supporting more than 176,000 children and adults every day--one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change--to revolutionize care, raise standards of living, and create opportunities--impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more information, please visit www.ucp.org.

For additional information, contact:
Ashlee Johnson
Director of Development and Marketing
United Cerebral Palsy Heartland
13975 Manchester Road
Manchester, MO 63011
(636) 779-2269
Fax (636) 779-2270
www.ucpheartland.org 

On April 27, 2012, Stephen Bennett, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy National, (right) presented the Kathleen O. Maul Leadership Award to Richard Forkosh, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy Heartland, (left) at the UCP "Transitioning for Tomorrow" conference reception in Washington, D.C. 

Stephen Bennett, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy National, (right), Richard Forkosh, president and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy Heartland, (left). 

5/10/2012 12:05:00 AM

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