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Liberty has a new chief executive officer

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - Updated: 6:18 PM

Liberty's board of directors president Kenneth Adamowski announced Tuesday that Jennifer Saunders has been hired as chief executive officer at Liberty, the Montgomery County Chapter of NYSARC Inc. Saunders has served as Liberty's chief financial officer since 2008.

"Jennifer has proven to be a leader who can step back from the entire system, and see a plan to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work well over a long term," Adamowski said in a press release. "Her efforts as chief financial officer have guided Liberty to be well positioned for the challenging times that lie ahead. Jennifer has proven to have the courage to take action where others might seem to hesitate. The board of directors feels that Jennifer clearly understands the heart of our organization and its people, and using our core values can guide us to achieve our mission."

As CFO, Saunders was responsible for all facets of the financial operations of the organization. She has been employed in Liberty's finance department since 2005, initially as a reimbursement manager and as controller.

"I'm honored to be named Liberty's newest CEO and proud that the board of directors and nominating committee have placed their confidence in me," Saunders said. "I look forward to continuing the agency's long tradition of providing top-quality supports to individuals with developmental disabilities, as well as strengthening our commitment to Liberty's mission and our community."

Saunders currently serves on the American Network of Community Options and Resource investment committee, sits on the Montgomery County Mental Health Association Board of Directors, and is a member of the Amsterdam Rotary Club. A native of Jamesville, Saunders received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Alfred University in 1993.

Founded in 1957 by local parents and family members of people with disabilities, Liberty is a not-for-profit member chapter of NYSARC Inc. a statewide organization serving more than 60,000 individuals throughout New York.

Liberty is the largest provider of services to people with developmental disabilities in Montgomery County, offering day, residential, vocational, family support and health-related programs to more than 650 individuals with disabilities and other persons with special needs in the community.


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