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Trumbull's Kennedy Center Names Shelton Man As New President/CEO

Richard Sebastian
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TRUMBULL, Conn. — The Kennedy Center has a new president and CEO — Richard Sebastian Jr. of Shelton.

Sebastian has been appointed effective Jan. 2.

He succeeds Martin Schwartz of Trumbull, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of service.

Schwartz, who was the Trumbull-based center’s first president and CEO, will remain as acting president and CEO until Jan. 18 in order to ensure a smooth transition.

“With over 200 resume submissions, Richard Sebastian was chosen because he has the credentials to create growth and sustainability for the agency; embodies the persona of our leadership; and embraces the values that have been the foundation of The Kennedy Center since its grassroots beginnings,” said Michele Macauda of Monroe, chairman of The Kennedy Center Board of Directors.

Sebastian comes to The Kennedy Center with more than 30 years of experience in the developmental disabilities sector. He brings to The Kennedy Center a personal commitment to helping those with developmental, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities live full self-determined lives within the community as well as a vast knowledge in helping organizations increase growth and future sustainability.

Most recently, Sebastian served as the president/CEO of Didlake, a multi-state organization based in Virginia serving more than 2,100 people with disabilities.

Prior to that, he served as president/CEO of Human Technologies Corporation, an organization based in New York serving 2,500 people with disabilities and behavioral health needs.

“I am humbled and eager to join The Kennedy Center Team,” Sebastian said. “I am inspired by the work to celebrate the potential for all people as we continue to build upon the legacy of creating opportunity and empowering individuals and their families to lead fulfilled lives.”

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