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Vista names new CFO, plus board member

Nonprofit serving children and adults with autism names Pamela Raffensberger to financial post, Richard Kocher to board

Pamela Raffensberger, left, has been named CFO of Vista. Richard Kocher, right, has been named to the board of directors. - (Photo / Submitted)

A Hershey nonprofit that serves Central Pennsylvania children and adults with autism has named a former top official of Ten Thousand Villages as its new CFO.

Pamela Raffensberger, a Lancaster resident, will serve the organization Vista, which includes a school with 100 students, the Vista Foundation and Vista Adult Services.

She held various leadership positions for 10 years at fair-trade retailer Ten Thousand Villages, based in Akron, serving as CEO from 2013-2016, and before that as its CFO. She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore with a degree in accounting.

Vista also named Richard Kocher, of Camp Hill, to its board of directors. Kocher retired in 2014 as chief legal officer of Philhaven Hospital in Mt. Gretna.

Earlier, he had held senior executive positions at several health-care organizations in the Harrisburg area, most recently as senior vice president/executive director of Mainstay/Magellan Behavioral Health, Camp Hill.

Vista aims “to advance and innovate, to improve lives, and to inspire hope for individuals with autism and their families,” it lists as its mission statement on Guidestar, a nonprofit research website.

David O'Connor
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