April 21, 2021

Michael L Pearis of East Providence, Rises to C.E.O. Of The Groden Network

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Providence, RI~ The Boards of Directors of the three corporations that comprise The Groden Network: (The Groden Center, The Cove Center and The Halcyon Center) are pleased to announce that they voted last week to promote Michael L. Pearis to Chief Executive Officer.

Pearis joined the organization in January 2020 as Director of Administration, bringing significant experience in the non-profit field. He has held executive positions at Wediko Children’s Services and The Home for Little Wanderers, both in Boston, as well as Child & Family in Newport, About Families, LLC in Pawtucket and Meeting Street in Providence. Pearis also served as Director of Finance for the City of Providence under Mayor Angel Taveras.

Michael is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Finance and Pepperdine University with a Master of Business Administration in Finance.

In announcing the Boards’ decision Dr. June Groden, Founder and CEO Emeritus remarked “Michael joined our team right before the COVID pandemic came upon us. This has been an enormous undertaking for everyone. His leadership has contributed to the smooth and organized running of the corporations and also assuring that the innovations that needed to be made, like telehealth. Michael has demonstrated that he cares deeply about the clients and the staff and that he believes in the Network's mission and appreciates the Groden legacy.”

Pearis remarked “I am thrilled to be leading such a dynamic organization at a time when so many individuals within the Autism and Intellectual Developmental Disability (IDD) community need our support and advocacy more than ever.”

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