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By UCP Work, Inc. on Jan 15, 2019 at 06:40 PM in UCP WORK, Inc. Blog




Incoming President and CEO Lori Anderson has an extensive background in residential programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the United States.

Woodland Hills, CA – January 4, 2019 – United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Anderson as the organization’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 21, 2019. As UCPLA celebrates its 75th anniversary, the current President and CEO, Ronald S. Cohen, will be retiring after leading the organization for over 30 years. “Our Board did a lot of due diligence in identifying a candidate for the President and CEO, and I am excited about the selection of Lori. My knowledge of her reputation and fine work in the field make her an outstanding successor,” states Ron Cohen.

Prior to joining the UCPLA team, Anderson was the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Residential Services for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, overseeing the organization’s residential operations throughout the United States. Previously, Anderson served as Bethesda’s Regional Director of California. In this role, she managed referral relationships, developed an innovative, new management structure, and provided leadership for Bethesda’s programs.

 “This is a good time for the organization to make this change in leadership,” says Board Chair Paul Miller. “Ron established a strong and diverse organization that has thrived under his tenure. The Board is thrilled to have Lori joining the organization and confident that she will leverage her expertise in residential programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to successfully navigate the organization for many years into the future.”

 Before joining Bethesda Lutheran Communities in 2013, Anderson served as the Vice President of Mission Services for Goodwill in Springfield, Illinois. She also spent a number of years in New Mexico with Community Options, Inc., as their State Director and held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of Unified Health Solutions, Inc., in Dayton, Ohio. Anderson has a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio.

 United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) operates over 40 program sites throughout five counties in Southern California and has extended its mission to serve all people with developmental disabilities. These programs include adult day activity centers, children’s programs, community living support services, group homes and independent living apartments. UCPLA provides services to over 1,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families daily. For more information on UCPLA visit our website at: or Facebook page at