New CEO steps up at UCP of Central PA

Judith McCowan - (Photo / Submitted)

A veteran nonprofit leader has been named the new president and CEO of a major Central Pennsylvania disability-services provider.

Judith McCowan takes the reins of UCP Central PA following the retirement of Jeffrey W. Cooper on April 30, the organization has announced.

McCowan becomes the second woman to lead the Central Pennsylvania affiliate of UCP, originally United Cerebral Palsy, in the nonprofit’s nearly 65-year history. She also assumes the position of executive director of the UCP Foundation of Central PA.

McCowan most recently was CEO of Core Business Consultants, a consulting firm that works with struggling human services programs seeking transformational change.

A Maryland native, she comes to UCP with 30-plus years of nonprofit leadership experience and  expertise in the fields of early childhood, education and disability services, a UCP news release said.

She will direct all facets of the Camp Hill-based regional UCP, which provides services across a 17-county footprint. She will also direct the operations of UCP’s childcare and preschool, organization officials said.

Past UCP Board Chair Lindsay Jordan, who presided over the search for a new CEO, called McCowan “a proven change agent with an uncanny ability to quickly evaluate financial and program issues and successfully turn programs and agencies around, to help them grow into more robust, financially viable organizations. She is precisely the leader UCP needs going forward.”

McCowan also had served as chief contracts and program officer at Melwood, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit provider of employment and supportive services for people with differing abilities, and was a regional director at Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the largest provider of employer-sponsored childcare in the U.S.

McCowan has a master’s in business administration from Philadelphia’s Drexel University and a bachelor of arts in education from International Seminary in Branford, Fla., as well as master’s-level certifications in advanced contract management.

McCowan lives in Carlisle, and has a wife who is an educator and has a 10-year old daughter.

David O'Connor
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