The executive director of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties has left the Modesto-based nonprofit group.
Robert Lonczak worked for the organization for about four years. His employment ended in December.
UCP board president Manwela Picinich said in an e-mail that Russell Hayward, former chief executive of the YMCA of San Joaquin County, will serve as UCP's interim executive director.
She said she expects it will take two months to hire a permanent director, and Hayward had been retained for three months. He is expected to spend his last month helping the new director settle into the job.
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Besides helping land a new executive director, Picinich said Hayward will "oversee and evaluate the operational efficiency of UCP's programs and services," help prepare UCP for future growth and help the nonprofit group with "an ongoing strategy for fund raising." She declined to say what Hayward's compensation will be.
Lonczak said he could not discuss why he no longer works for UCP, saying "it's part of my agreement with them," and referred further questions to UCP.
Picinich said it is UCP policy not to discuss personnel matters, but she verified that Lonczak had worked for UCP for about four years.
UCP has provided services, programs and advocacy for those with cerebral palsy and other disabilities since 1979, according to its Web site. About 65 percent of those UCP helps have disabilities other than cerebral palsy.
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