Hail to the New Chief!
Previously the VP of Operations, Kenny Fernald took the helm on January 1, 2014 following the retirement of Bob Hanye. Kenny has been with the organization since 1990. His tenure at AVRE is an inspiring story that perfectly represents our commitment to creating opportunities for success and independence with people who are blind or visually impaired. Read Kenny's story in the current issue of InSight.
Our New Vice President!
Rick McCarthy has been with AVRE since 2004, serving as the Director of Health and Rehabilitation Services. In line with AVRE's restructured management team, Rick was promoted to Vice President last November. He will remain active with the rehabilitation staff and will broaden his responsibilities to include working closely with Kenny in directing the strategic and operational aspects of the business division. We're excited about the experience Rick brings to his new position. Learn more about his background in the current issue of InSight.
A new CEO with new ideas often leads to new positions and promotions. Chuck Gardner has been with AVRE for 22 years, most recently as the Logistics/Facility Manager. As AVRE's new Manager of Operations, Chuck will manage all aspects of business production, as well as maintaining his previous responsibilities. Chuck has been an integral part of AVRE's growth and success and we're fortunate to have him on board moving forward!
Luigi DiRusso has been with AVRE since 2010. In a very short period of time, Luigi moved from an entry level position to the team lead for AVRE's busiest department! As our new Production Supervisor, he will be overseeing all areas of production and supervising and training manufacturing employees.
Derek Suarez has been with AVRE's switchboard operation at the Bronx VA Hospital since 2010. During his tenure, Derek has demonstrated his commitment to excellent customer service for all veterans who are served at the Bronx. This commitment earned him the 2012 Melvin L. Rosendale Employee of the Year award! As the new Switchboard Supervisor, Derek will oversee all operations in the Bronx and assist with operations at the Castle Point and Montrose campuses.