The Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Long Island recently appointed Judith A. McCowan as President and Chief Executive Officer.
“After the untimely passing of our former President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen H. Friedman, we are fortunate to have someone of Judith McCowan’s talent and experience step up to lead UCP of Long Island,” said Thomas Pfundstein, Chair of the UCP Board of Directors.
McCowan was the former CEO of UCP of Central Pennsylvania and comes to UCP of Long Island as a proven leader, recently being named the “2019 Game Changer” by the Central Penn Business Journal in the category of “Most Admired CEO – Nonprofit.”
Before becoming the CEO of UCP Central Pennsylvania, McCowan was the CEO of Core Business Consultants, a consulting firm that works with struggling human services programs seeking transformational change.
A Maryland native, she comes to UCP of Long Island with 30-plus years of non-profit leadership experience and know-how in the fields of early childhood, education and disability services.
“We’re honored to welcome Judith A. McCowan to the CP State family,” said CP State CEO and President Susan A. Constantino.
“I’m looking forward to supporting Judith and UCP Long Island in their mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities,” said CP State Executive Director Mike Alvaro.
McCowan has a master’s in business administration from Philadelphia’s Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in education from International Seminary in Branford, Fla., as well as master’s-level certifications in advanced contract management.
McCowan, having grown up with a sibling with disabilities, knew at a very young age that she wanted to be an advocate for people with disabilities and work to enrich their lives and a live a life without discrimination.
“I look forward to working with the community and businesses of Long Island to help increase the visibility and promote the mission of this outstanding and vital organization. Being able to impact someone’s life in such an encouraging way is a gift and I feel very grateful to be in a position, which I am able to do that for individuals,” said McCowan.