Chief Operating Officer Dave Sneddon appointed interim CEO
Milwaukee – Bethesda’s Board of
Directors announced today that President and CEO Mike Thirtle will be leaving
to take on a new role outside the organization effective July 9th,
2021. Chief Operating Officer Dave Sneddon has been appointed as
know that leaving was a very difficult decision for Mike given his commitment
to Bethesda, the people we support and the disability community. We will be
forever grateful for Mike’s hard work that helped transform the
organization. That said, we are now in a position to grow many of our
existing services exponentially, with several new and exciting programs
under development,” said Cesar Villalpando, Chairperson of Bethesda’s Board.
the organization has meant reimagining its role in supporting people with
developmental disabilities. Instead of addressing a series of disconnected
needs, Bethesda considers and serves the whole person – empowering them to
do more today and achieve more tomorrow. This unique approach carries on from
childhood through mature adulthood. As having a safe, quality home is
a primary concern at any age, Bethesda pioneered a new and innovative
residential community that welcomes and integrates people of all abilities –
Cornerstone Village. This concept, launched near Minneapolis, is expanding
to Milwaukee and further within the Twin Cities. Additional creative living
options, including host homes, are expanding in Colorado, California, Oregon
and Minnesota. Meanwhile, to meet growing demand and significant need,
Bethesda’s behavior support services are rapidly growing in several key
markets, and will now include children’s services.
Board has full confidence in Dave Sneddon’s ability to successfully step into
the interim CEO position and lead the organization through this transition,”
Villalpando added. Sneddon joined Bethesda two years ago and has
already made a tremendous positive impact on the organization. He brings
with him over 16 years of senior leadership experience in health care, senior
housing, and skilled nursing. The current group of highly talented
leaders that make up Bethesda’s Executive Leadership Team will support Sneddon.
Led by Chairperson Villalpando, a national search committee has been launched and is comprised of board directors and management. The search committee has developed an aggressive schedule that will lead to identifying the best CEO to lead the organization towards a very bright future.
Bethesda is a national leader in pioneering life-changing services that empower people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to thrive. Founded in 1904 in Wisconsin, Bethesda promotes independence and inclusion across the U.S. through comprehensive and individualized supports that include housing, employment, financial services, assistive technology and much more. For details, go to http://www.bethesdalc.org, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.