(Milwaukee) – Bethesda, a national nonprofit organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce it has named Christina Mance, as its new Regional Director for California. In this role, Christina will oversee Bethesda programs, including residential support options, serving more than 200 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Mance joins Bethesda from InClusion Services, where she was director of programs, managing operations for residential support services and adaptive skills training for adults with developmental disabilities. She also served with Community Options and Supports Team (COAST) North Bay Regional Center and with the San Francisco Unified School District.
“Christina brings tremendous enthusiasm and professional expertise, including a background in counseling, that will help us expand our service lines in California and allow us to make even more of a positive impact on the lives of people we support,” said Susan Kaufman, vice president of operations for Bethesda. “We are delighted to have her leadership and guidance to support the organization’s evolution and growth.”
“I look forward to working alongside our dedicated California team as we bring Bethesda’s mission to life – to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ,” said Mance. “Together with our parents and conservators, volunteers and other important stakeholders, we will help the people we support live their best lives.”
Mance earned her master’s degree in counseling, with a marriage and family therapist option, from California State University, East Bay. Her bachelor’s degree is in child development, with a concentration in social and community settings, from California State University, Sacramento.
Headquartered in Watertown, Wis., Bethesda is a national organization providing homes and other services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and is celebrating its 115th anniversary in 2019. Bethesda strives to become a central point of connection that unites people who have disabilities with communities and provides essential resources to help them live their lives to the fullest. The organization offers more than 300 programs across the country, and is guided by Christian faith. For more information, go to https://www.bethesdalc.org, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.