Patti Park Named Executive Director of Angel View
May 13, 2015
Patti Park, formerly Angel View’s chief operating officer, has been named executive director, announced Walter Johnson, MD, president of the board of directors. Dave Thornton, Angel View’s longtime executive director, will assume the role of chief advocacy officer with a new office in Palm Desert.
Park will lead all aspects of providing 24-hour residential nursing care to 110+ children and adults with disabilities at Angel View’s group homes, operations of the organization’s therapeutic Day Program for adults with disabilities; and Angel View Outreach, which provides free supports and services to local families struggling to raise children with disabilities. She is also responsible for HR, finance, facilities and administration. In his new role, Thornton will advocate for individuals with disabilities at all levels, sharing the work of Angel View with stakeholders, establishing and maintaining working relationship with other community non-profits, government officials and others.
Prior to her work at Angel View, Park was a regional administrator for the Department of Social and Health Services in the state of Washington. She provided leadership to 650+ employees serving 500,000 clients throughout six counties. Her responsibilities included program management of federal and state programs, quality assurance and service delivery, and operations management including oversight of a $50 million operating budget and 12 facilities.
“We are very pleased to have Patti at the helm,” Dr. Johnson said. “She has done an outstanding job since joining Angel View in 2012 as director of administration. We’re also excited about Dave’s new community relations/advocacy role. As we expand to provide new services to people with disabilities, our opportunities to collaborate with other organizations grow.”
Thornton joined Angel View as executive director in 2000 and led the organization through the building and opening of its newest two homes, and start-up of both the Day Program and Outreach Program. His new mid-valley office is located at 73-710 Fred Waring Drive, Suite 103.
Angel View’s mission is helping children and adults with disabilities reach their maximum potential. Every year, the 61-year old nonprofit helps hundreds of people make significant gains through a variety of programs. Angel View resale stores generate vital revenues that enable the nonprofit to provide an exceptional quality of life for clients.
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Three days before his 18th birthday Francisco was in a car accident. The driver was unhurt, but Francisco, who attended Palm Springs High School, suffered a traumatic brain injury. Since then, he’s lived with his parents, who along with his siblings, provide his care.
Now 37, Francisco attends the Angel View Day Program for adults with developmental disabilities. One of his accomplishments is his improved punctuality. He’s ready each morning when our driver picks him up. These days, instead of sleeping in, Francisco enjoys companionship, recreation and therapeutic activities. He’s learning work skills like document shredding that will enable him to participate in our new work placement program. He can’t wait!