Current CEO David Miles to retire; Dr. Wendy Ann Pardee to assume the role of CEO on August 7
The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, an independent, nonprofit leader in pediatric rehabilitative services, education, and human services, is pleased to share the selection of Dr. Wendy Ann Pardee as President and CEO of the organization, effective August 7, 2017.
Pardee will succeed long-time President and CEO David Miles, who has served The Children’s Institute for 40 years in various roles, including as a teacher in the organization’s Day School, in management positions for inpatient and outpatient services including Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, among others. Miles assumed the role of CEO in 2003.
“Under David’s leadership, The Children’s Institute achieved many operational and financial improvements, doubled the number of children and families served, and completed two comprehensive fundraising Campaigns totaling $42 million,” said John Thornburgh, Chair of The Children’s Institute’s Board of Directors. “We strongly believe Wendy is the right person to build on the tremendous accomplishments David achieved during his 14-year tenure as CEO and to lead the organization forward.”
Pardee comes to the organization with more than two decades of management experience in the healthcare, human services, and financial sectors. Most recently, she served as the CEO and President of Hattie Larlham, an Ohio-based nonprofit organization that provides medical, residential, recreational and work training services to 1,800 children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Previously, Pardee served for three years as the President and CEO of Skills of Central Pennsylvania, which serves individuals with intellectual disabilities. Pardee holds an MBA and a PhD from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate degrees from the same university are in accounting and management of information systems.
The Children’s Institute’s Board of Directors unanimously selected Pardee after a robust search conducted in partnership with Nonprofit Talent, an executive search firm.
“We were delighted to have 82 high-quality applicants for the position,” said Pamela Golden, Member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Board’s Executive Search Committee. “Ultimately, Wendy rose to the top as the right person to lead our organization forward for the future. There is strong alignment between her skills and experience and the Board’s criteria, such as her proven expertise in forging relationships internally and externally, managing strategic planning processes, creating organizational visions, enhancing financial and IT management and productivity, and more.”
Pardee will join the organization on August 7 and will work with Miles to ensure a smooth transition of leadership.
“I am thrilled to join The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh later this summer,” said Pardee. “From the moment I heard a young man say, “I will be amazing” on my television, I was captivated by the organization’s story. I recognized their commitment to excellence and deep connection to their community, and I quietly followed their successes over many years. To become a part of The Children’s Institute’s legacy is the highest honor. I look forward to leading the organization by maintaining a high bar for excellence in providing services to children and families, developing innovative programs, and meeting community needs.”
About The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
Established in 1902, The Children’s Institute is an independent, nonprofit, licensed organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, young people, and their families by providing a specialized continuum of services that enables them to reach their potential. Its pediatric rehabilitation programs are nationally-recognized. The Children’s Institute is the only CARF-accredited freestanding pediatric specialty rehabilitation hospital in the region, and one of only five in the nation. The Day School is an approved private school serving nearly 200 students from 67 school districts. Through Project STAR, The Children’s Institute offers a wide array of permanency planning services, as well as family visitation services including adoption and foster care. Visit www.amazingkids.org or call 412.420.2400 to learn more.