Disability services provider ProAct has announced a leadership transition. Steve Ditschler, longtime ProAct leader, is working with Judie Foster-Lupkin. Foster- Lupkin is now incoming president of ProAct, while Ditschler serves as CEO during the transition period.
Foster-Lupkin is a 20-year veteran of the disability and nonprofit service community. With a strong background in finance, she has led both day service, employment and residential nonprofits, most recently in Albany, Oregon. In Minnesota, she served as the executive director of Winona Occupational Rehabilitation Center from 2009 to 2014.
Foster-Lupkin is known for her skills at bringing stability back to organizations, building up staff, problem solving and organizational management. ProAct has been perhaps one of the most stable in our industry, and is now weathering the COVID-19 storm.
“Just as I do, our new president also recognizes the importance of families, and their trust in us to be an extension of care for their loved ones. We are thankful that so many people choose us for services, and for the variety of choices we’ve been able to offer,” Ditschler said in a letter to community partners. “You can be confident that our approach will be both thoughtful and thorough. The change in leadership during the time of our adjustments for COVID-19 presents additional challenges. Together with ProAct staff, we will work through them together. We appreciate your patience. Our plans may require adjustments, but we are preparing, and we will be ready.”