The Boston Business Journal has honored Cyndi Gavlick, Northeast Arc’s Chief Financial Officer, as one of the top CFOs in Massachusetts. Gavlick will be honored in a virtual ceremony on July 14. The BBJ’s CFO of the Year Awards recognizes chief financial officers who make a difference in their companies, organizations and communities. This year’s awards, like last year’s, are especially meaningful as these business executives have helped steer their organizations through the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent financial crisis. Gavlick, who has served as Northeast Arc’s CFO since April 2015, is being honored in the nonprofit/education category for her work in successfully steering Northeast Arc through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Northeast Arc was founded in 1954 by parents of children with developmental disabilities who wanted to raise their sons and daughters as full members of the community. By having the courage to challenge professionals who told them their children could not be educated and would not live to become adults, these parents created the systems that enabled them to attend public schools, develop friendships, reside in the neighborhoods of their choice and to earn a paycheck. Over the years, our programs have expanded to support children and adults with a broader range of disabilities, including autism and physical disabilities. Today we serve approximately 8,000 people in nearly 190 cities and towns. The goal of the Northeast Arc is to ensure that children and adults with disabilities are able to live, work, engage in civic life and play in the community. We work toward that goal by offering a wide variety of programs including Autism Services, Day Habilitation, Deaf Services, Early Intervention, Employment Services, Family Support, Personal Care Assistance, Recreation, Residential and Transition Services.