(NOTE: CLASS has a location in Wilmington at 50-T Concord Street.)
LAWRENCE, MA — CLASS, a nonprofit in Lawrence that provides services to people with disabilities, recently announced that Alfred J. Frugoli has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the organization.
Frugoli, who joined CLASS three years ago as chief operations officer, succeeds Robert Harris, who retired after 38 years with CLASS, having served as president and CEO since 1990.
“This is the perfect time for Al Frugoli to become CLASS’s next chief executive officer,” said board chair Timothy Allen. “We’ve selected a very strong leader at a time when CLASS is in a very strong position. Our next president and CEO needs to be capable of accelerating what already is working very well for CLASS, and recognizing what needs to change in order to respond to present economic conditions.
“As CLASS’s chief operations officer for two years, Al capably translated mission and vision to programming and services, staff training, and team building to drive results. He is a champion of the CLASS culture and has an incredible ability to inspire, energize, and connect with individuals in CLASS programs, employees, partners and collaborators, and local businesses.”
Frugoli helped lead and execute the organization’s “2020 Vision” strategic plan, including expansion of a program that supports adults with dual diagnoses of mental health challenges and an intellectual or developmental disability. He also is a key architect of the company’s strategy for employment services, which supports adults with disabilities on job searches, job matching, and continuing career services.
“The future that lies ahead for CLASS is enormous, and the opportunity to lead this next chapter is incredibly exhilarating. At a time when nonprofits are facing more disruption and financial challenges than we’ve ever encountered, I couldn’t be more confident in our ability to persevere, or more honored to lead CLASS into the future,” said Frugoli.
Before joining CLASS Frugoli was the site manager for Element Care in Methuen, where he led a team of managers and staff through the state and federal approval process for a new PACE center and integrated operations of an existing adult day health center acquired by Element Care to become a blended ADH/PACE Center.
Frugoli began his career in 1995 at Seven Hills Family Services in Worcester County, where he held progressively responsible positions leading up to area director, managing programs of family and respite supports, shared living, self advocacy, and other supports.
Frugoli holds a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services from Springfield College and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Worcester State University.
During his tenure, Harris expanded CLASS from an organization with $100,000 in annual revenue to its current $12 million, employing 170, and originally serving 14 people to its current enrollment of more than 450 families from the Merrimack Valley and northeastern Massachusetts.
In 2003, Harris established CLASS as an affiliate of The Arc, as the Arc of Greater Lawrence, to strengthen the agency’s advocacy for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Founded in 1976 as the Citizen’s League for Adult Special Services, CLASS today provides employment, autism services support, day habilitation, community based day services, family resources and advocacy, adult family care, clinical & case management support, and transportation services.
(NOTE: The above press release is from CLASS, Inc. via Mass Non-Profit News.)
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