Director of Mission and Scale
Tim has worked at Starfire since 2000. He is charged with innovating best practices in two key areas: organizational change and family directed community engagement at Starfire. In 2006, he was named Executive Director and assumed responsibility for an outing program serving hundreds of people with disabilities, and day programs serving 150 adults with disabilities. In 2009, with the support of the Board of Trustees, Tim led Starfire on a strategic planning process to transform Starfire from an organization that offered large one-size-fits-all group outings and day programs to an organization that supported people with disabilities in being integrated in their community, individually. This evolution honored the core mission of Starfire: to build good lives for people with developmental disabilities. Under Tim's leadership, Starfire built a new support model that worked with one person at a time – launching community projects across Cincinnati led by adults with developmental disabilities and ordinary citizens with staff support.
Because of this transformational shift, Tim has been invited and led hundreds of trainings for nonprofit and government organizations, staff, citizens, churches, businesses, Boards, and families all over the country on best practices in inclusion based on the work of Starfire. He has also given presentations at national and state-wide conferences and is widely respected in the disability community locally and nationally. He presents to over 4k human service professionals annually, as well as businesses, university students, government employees, and family members. Tim brings a deep understanding of organizational change and can lead organizations and families through a lens of empathy with strategic direction towards action. He continues to advance the mission of Starfire through direct mentorship of families and organizations and remains committed to address the question: “How might we foster the mindsets of inclusion in citizens without disabilities, young families of children with disabilities, and organizations in order to scale a more inclusive experience for people with disabilities?”