Opportunity Enterprises CEO resigns; interim named
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent August 19, 2014 9:08AM
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Updated: August 20, 2014 2:01AM
VALPARAISO — Opportunity Enterprises’ board of directors announced Tuesday that David Stupay has resigned as the non-profit agency’s chief executive officer.
Ellen DeMartinis has been named interim CEO.
The agency, which serves more than 1,1000 people with disabilities, has seen a number of leaders since longtime CEO Gary Mitchell retired in 2010 after 25 years at the helm of the agency.
Stupay was hired about a year ago as CEO and resigned Friday, according to a news release from the agency. Stupay came to OE after serving as executive director for Espernaza Community Services, a Chicago-based non-profit.
Opportunity Enterprises is slated to receive $750,000 from Porter County this year, with $700,000 coming from the general fund and $50,000 from interest from the sale of the county hospital, said Vicki Urbanik, budget and finance specialist for the county council.
The agency has already received the hospital interest money, and received half of the money from the general fund, she said, with the other half of the general fund money coming later this year.
DeMartinis, who has been with OE for 21 years, last stepped in as interim CEO after the resignation of CEO William Trowbridge in July 2012. Trowbridge served for less than two years before his resignation, and was hired to take Mitchell’s place.
Board chairman Kevin Steele, who in a prepared statement thanked Stupay for his accomplishments, said the board is meeting Thursday and will discuss the scope of the their search for a new director. The board conducted a national search for Stupay, and will decide whether to do so again for its next director. Trowbridge was hired internally after serving on the board for five years.
The board also will address why the CEO’s spot has seen so much turnover in recent years.
“That, I guess, is part of what the board is trying to figure out,” Steele said, adding the changes are relatively new for the agency. “I think that’s a fair question and I don’t have any answer for it, but it’s certainly something we’re looking at.”
Because Stupay’s resignation is a personnel matter, Steele said he couldn’t provide further details. He did not know what Stupay’s future plans might be.
DeMartinis has served as OE’s director of human resources, chief operating officer, and vice president.
The agency recently completed an extensive comprehensive plan under Stupay’s direction, and that work will go on as scheduled.
“Everyone has real confidence in us moving forward with that plan,” DeMartinis said. “It’s good days ahead. We have a strong team of people here and it’s easy to work with a great team. We have very dedicated employees. This is just business as usual.”