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After a nationwide search, a new executive director is hoping to continue growing a Crestwood non-profit.
Arthur Avitabile is the new director of Apple Patch, an organization that promotes independent living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The organization’s board received 73 applications for the position during its four-month search.
Art Rothgerber, chair of the Apple Patch board of directors, said Avitabile was the clear choice for the position.
Rothgerber said Avitabile brings a “dynamic combination of social services and executive director experience” to Apple Patch.
Avitabile has more than 30 years experience in social services, including a two-year term as the executive director of St. Joseph’s Children’s Home in Louisville.
Avitabile also earned a master’s in counseling and a certificate in advanced family therapy studies from Southern Connecticut State University.
Apple Patch currently provides residential services to 57 individuals at 21 locations and adult day programs for 119 individuals.
The organization provides a variety of support and therapy services. In January, the new Autism Center Apple Patch opened in Crestwood Station, providing an innovative program for adults with autism.
There are more than 150 employees at Apple Patch.