For Immediate Release
July 8, 2019
Normal, IL – The Board of Directors today announced that Brian Wipperman, Bloomington, IL, has been selected as the new Chief Executive Officer of Marcfirst.
“The Marcfirst board was looking for someone who was not just qualified to do the job but also someone who is a good fit for the incredibly strong executive team at Marcfirst,” board president Sam Lewis said. “We believe we have found the right person in Brian Wipperman and we are very excited to have him join our organization.”
Wipperman joins Marcfirst with 16 years of experience in special education, most recently as the Vice President of Education for the Children’s Home Association of Illinois in Peoria. Prior to his role at the Children’s Home, Wipperman was the Supervisor of Special Education for Sewanhaka Central High School District in Floral Park, NY.
“I am excited to join an organization with such a strong reputation and a long history of service to McLean County,” Wipperman said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know the Marcfirst staff, the people we serve, and our partners in the community.”
Wipperman succeeds Laura Furlong, who retired from her role as CEO of Marcfirst on June 28, 2019. Marcfirst Chief Operating Officer, Gregg Chadwick, will continue as Acting CEO until Wipperman takes the reigns on August 26, 2019.
Wipperman holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Molloy College, a master’s degree in education from Queens College, and is a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Leadership Academy for Administrative Certification.
Marcfirst was established by families in 1955 to address the need for education for people with developmental disabilities and has continued to provide services for a lifetime of supports. In the last 60+ years, Marcfirst has been at the forefront of supporting individuals as they reach their full potential through integration into our Bloomington-Normal community. Marcfirst’s mission is to connect families and people with developmental disabilities to their community through a lifetime of meaningful supports. Marcfirst envisions a community that encourages and accepts all people. Marcfirst operates a $6 million annual budget supporting over 800 children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Marcfirst provides a number of programs to support individuals through all stages of life. SPICE Pediatric Therapy meets the needs of children with developmental disabilities or delays from birth to 14-years. The High School Transition Program creates a bridge between school life and future adult services. Marcfirst’s Supported Employment Program creates opportunities for successful community employment. The Residential and Day Programs offer a supportive environment, providing the skills needed to gain more independence and enhance quality of life. Marcfirst is proud to serve over 800 children and adults with developmental disabilities in McLean County to reach their potential.