Independent Living Names New CEO
Written by Admin | October 23, 2015 | In The News
The Board of Directors at Independent Living, Inc. announced that Joyce Behrend, CPA, will be the next CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Behrend has served as ILI’s CFO for more than ten years, managing all the financial functions for this $5 million non-profit charitable organization and its six affiliates.
“Joyce brings an unparalleled depth of understanding of not only ILI’s day-to-day operations, but of the financial landscape our organization must navigate to successfully provide high quality service to those in our care,” said ILI Board President Tom Shorter.
Behrend is assuming the top spot upon the retirement of longtime ILI CEO Rita Giovannoni. “Rita has been the driving force behind ILI since 1989, and our organization has thrived under her leadership,” said Shorter. “We are thankful for her tireless advocacy on behalf of the people we serve and for the solid foundation she has helped build so that we can continue to grow in the future. She will continue as project development director for Tennyson Senior Living Community.”
ILI has a 40 year history of providing in-home services and transportation to older adults in Dane County. Over the years, ILI has added a variety of programs to help older adults remain independent in their homes, including:
- housekeeping and chore services;
- home care and caregiver respite;
- home safety modification;
- financial management and counseling;
- telephone reassurance, friendly visiting, health advocates;
- evening Meals on Wheels, and
- Independent Health Care, a state-licensed, Medicare-certified home health agency.
ILI also operates 202 units of service-supported, affordable housing for older adults. The senior housing consists of 69 garden-style condominiums in Sun Prairie, 42 apartments of HUD Section 202 Supportive Housing for seniors in Fitchburg, and 91 service-supported apartments and assisted living units on Segoe Road in Madison. In addition, ILI is currently developing a fourth site, Tennyson Senior Living Community, on the northeast side of Madison.
Given its many in-home service programs and care facilities, ILI is more complicated than the typical non-profit organization. It is Behrend’s success in managing its financial complexity that earned her 2014 Non-Profit CFO of the Year from In Business. “Joyce has shown great acumen in maintaining an impeccable accounting system upon which ILI can rely on as we plan ahead,” said Shorter. “We look forward to her leadership as we move into 2016 and beyond.”
Pictured are Joyce Behrend, left, and Rita Giovannoni.