Beginning October first, Ability1st new executive director is Mandy Stark Bianchi, a veteran professional with more than 24 years of experience in state associations and nonprofits in the Big Bend. Known for being highly creative and intuitive, her motto is remain focused, flexible and friendly in all situations.
"Now that I’ve experienced my first month at Ability1st, I am astonished at the level of support our team provides to countless individuals with disabilities in our community. The needs are great and resources are limited, but our consumers are our number one priority and the staff goes out of their way to find solutions for seemingly impossible situations," Mandy explained. "This organization has a long-standing tradition of offering support services, advocacy, and information to empower people with disabilities to live independently and having the opportunity to be a part of that is a privilege and an honor."
"Dan worked closely with the board in our search for a new Executive Director, and was a great help in selecting Mandy Bianchi to lead the organization once he steps down," said Bruce Leslie, Ability1st Board President. "Mandy is a proven executive in the nonprofit world, and we are excited to work with her as we move Ability1st into the future!"