Chuck Smith named UCP of Central Arizona Interim Chief Executive Officer
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Chuck Smith, the former Chairman of the UCP of Central Arizona Board of Directors and longtime advocate for people with disabilities, has been named UCP Interim CEO effective June 14, 2017. Smith takes the place of Armando A. Contreras who resigned to accept a position as the CEO of UCP National.
"Chuck Smith is the ideal choice to lead UCP of Central Arizona during this transitional period. The Board looks forward to the leadership of Chuck Smith as interim-CEO of UCP of Central Arizona while we search for a permanent CEO. With his extensive experience serving on the Board of Directors and being an active member of UCP's programs, he understands our mission and is committed to leading us forward!" said Heather Heller, Regional Operations Director 3110, Circle K Stores and current Interim Board Chair of UCP of Central Arizona.
Mr. Smith's dedication to public service and UCP is extensive having served on the UCP Board of Directors from 2002 to 2017 with three terms as Board Chairman. During his tenure, Mr. Smith's leadership was key to maximizing the organization's efforts to better serve people with disabilities. In addition to his service to UCP, Mr. Smith also served on the Board of Directors of Raising Special Kids where he provided guidance and mentoring to other families with special needs during life milestones.
Chuck Smith's passion for the disability community is motivated primarily by his adult daughter, Courtney, who has cerebral palsy and has been receiving services from UCP for most of her life. "My eight children are better people because of Courtney, and one thing my own children will say is; we all have special needs, Courtney's are just different. UCP has blessed us for so long; I believe it’s incumbent upon me to give back to the community just like UCP has given to my family", expressed Mr. Smith.
At United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UCP), our name does not tell our entire story. We serve people with cerebral palsy, but we also have highly experienced and compassionate experts who have experience helping children and adults with a wide array of disabilities including autism, sensory processing disorder, genetic disorders, orthopedic disabilities, birth defects, effects of in-utero drug or alcohol exposure, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), developmental delays along with other diagnoses that affect the ability to live life without limitations. Through our array of programs and services, we are confident we can help your newborn baby, your child, your teen, even your adult family member who is ready for independence!