The PWSA (USA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ken Smith to the position of Executive Director of the Association effective immediately. As you are aware, Dale and Dottie Cooper served as Interim Executive Directors from April 2012 until our conference this month. The Board is delighted to have a seamless transition to a permanent Executive Director.
Ken is well-known and well-respected in the PWS community. He has dedicated his professional life to support and service of individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome, beginning with his employment with The Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh in 1985 where he served as assistant program coordinator of the PWS Program for 27 years. He has recently worked with Health Bridge Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, helping them establish a treatment program for children and adolescents with PWS.
He was nominated for the Board of Directors of PWSA (USA) and attended his first board meeting at the Seattle national conference in 1995. This was the first of many since he has served on the board for 18 years, except for stepping off for two one-year terms as required by the PWSA (USA) bylaws after three three-year terms. He has served as board chair or board co-chair, been a member of the crisis team, and is active with the PWS Advisory Board. We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Ken’s credentials to step into this very important role.
Ken is honored to be chosen for the position and looks forward to taking our Association to the next level!