Cindy Clark | Emmaus Homes

When Did You Start At Emmaus?
I started at Emmaus as the CFO in August of 2009.  When our former CEO resigned a few months later I was asked to be the interim CEO and was officially appointed CEO in January 2010.

What Originally Made You Want to Work For Emmaus?
I had spent most of my career working with non-profits in several different capacities. I was ready for a new challenge and liked the idea of working in a larger organization that would the opportunity for further professional development. I was attracted to how the organization really seemed to live out its faith-based heritage.

What Has Been Your Most Memorable Moment at Emmaus?
There are countless memories, like the first time Shawn hugged me, or the first time Norman remembered my name, but ironically some of the most memorable moments happen at the funerals of clients we have been honored to serve.  Families often share stories of how blessed they were to have found our services and staff share stories that portray the love and friendships they have built with our clients.  It reminds me of what a privilege it is to lead this organization.

What’s One Thing You’re Looking Forward to for the Future of Emmaus?
I’m celebrating 15 years with the organization, and I have never been so optimistic about its future, but right now, I think I am the most excited about the Learning Lab at Emmaus. Providing training to other professionals, families, self-advocates, and the community will enhance the lives of countless people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and expand our reach in the local community

Are You Involved in Anything Outside of Emmaus?
I am finishing my final year as the Past President of the Starling Board, our statewide trade association.  I am serving as the Chair of the Diocesan Pastoral Council for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and active in several other leadership roles at my local church.   I also have a new title, “Lolly”, and am enjoying plenty of time with our first granddaughter!

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