Edward “Ned” Olney Jr. will join Crotched Mountain Foundation in Greenfield as the next president and chief executive officer following a unanimous vote from the Crotched Mountain board of directors on August 12. Olney will take over for current President Michael Coughlin on October 21. Coughlin, who is retiring, will remain as president and CEO until Olney’s start date.
Olney comes from Save the Children International where he held a variety of positions including associate vice-president for the technical support division, vice president of the humanitarian response division, and country director for Bolivia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Philippines, and, most recently, Nepal and Bhutan.
“It is a very exciting time for Crotched Mountain Foundation,” says Nancy VanVranken, chair of the board for Crotched Mountain Foundation. “We are deeply appreciative for Michael Coughlin and his steadfast leadership that has strengthened our mission and deepened our impact in the community. And we are confident that Ned Olney will build upon this incredible momentum and bring Crotched Mountain into a new chapter where we will continue to grow and serve even more children, students, and adults with disabilities.”
"I am honored to lead Crotched Mountain and advance its mission to help people with disabilities across New England and the United States,” Olney said. “The services that Crotched Mountain provides are critically important to helping those with disabilities to live better and more independent lives. I am inspired by the over 65 years of commitment by the organization to making a difference in the lives of those most in need and look forward to leading it into the future."
Crotched Mountain Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 1953 with a mission to serve individuals with disabilities and their families For more information about Crotched Mountain, visit cmf.org.