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Maria Burke Named Associate Director of JERICHO

HOLYOKE — JERICHO, the Bureau for Exceptional Children & Adults, has announced the appointment of Maria Burke as associate director. JERICHO is well-known for its programs and services, begun by Fr. Robert Wagner and continued by Sr. Joan Magnani, emphasizing inclusion for all people with disabilities in Western Mass. over the past 44 years.

“I am delighted that Maria has been named associate director,” said Magnani. “Working with her allows us to move forward with new strategic-planning efforts focused on how we can best serve the families and individuals living with disabilities, as well as the professional agencies and staff who care for these people in Western Mass.”

Burke brings expertise in many areas of nonprofit management and a substantial fund-raising history in the region, as well as a strong personal focus on the needs and challenges facing many families and individuals living with disabilities.

In the coming years, JERICHO will expand services to parents and family members. It will provide assistance in understanding the services that are available throughout the region and the state, and help connect the private and public sectors, so that all are able to successfully navigate the many stages of life and achieve full integration. JERICHO will continue its mission of breaking down barriers for all. Religious services and education will remain a core provision, and the organization will always welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.

“This is a very exciting time for JERICHO, having someone with Maria’s leadership qualities to guide JERICHO’s mission and who has vast experiential knowledge to assist all who we serve throughout the region,” said Michael Sullivan, JERICHO board president.

Added Burke, “I look forward to continuing this important work, as well as expanding our reach with new partnerships, training, and networking opportunities to serve the many families who face difficulties and challenges. It will be wonderful to include new people and provide services that make life at least a bit easier for all families and providers serving the disabled.”

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