STARS names Dave Henderson as president and CEO

Dave Henderson

Dave Henderson

Scottsdale Training & Rehabilitation Services has announced its board of directors has named Dave Henderson as the next president and CEO of STARS, effective May 13.

Mr. Henderson succeeds long-time President and Chief Executive Officer Virginia Korte who retired from the organization effective as of Dec. 31, 2014, according to a press release.

“This is a very exciting announcement for the future of STARS,” states Tim Clements, STARS Board of Directors chair.

“Dave has extensive executive-level management, fundraising and leadership experience with both the for profit and nonprofit sectors, and we believe he will bring that experience along with new ideas to STARS to take the excellent programs and services that we provide to the next level. Dave will be an excellent ambassador and positive leader for STARS in the years ahead.”

Mr. Henderson’s resume includes more than 30 years as a top executive with Ticketmaster before retiring from the company in 2008. For the last six years he has been a business development consultant for a century old family-owned specialty printer company.

Mr. Henderson was a member of the board of directors at UMOM New Day Centers for eight years, leading in a variety of capacities including board president, vice president and governance chair, where he worked corroboratively with volunteers and staff to promote organizational awareness and raise funds for facility refurbishment. He has also volunteered his time and talents as a member of the board of directors of Audrey’s Angels, Paradise Valley UMC and Desert Foothills Little League.

“STARS has had a major impact in this community for more than 40 years with its work with individuals with developmental disabilities, and I am looking forward to continuing that tradition,” Mr. Henderson said.

“The programming provided by STARS fills critical human service needs for a population that is often overlooked in our community. I am thrilled about this challenge and opportunity and I look forward to leading and raising awareness for STARS.”

Since its inception in 1973, STARS has committed itself to providing an array of high-quality, integrated services in the metro-Phoenix area in four primary program areas: Day programs, vocational & employment services, transition services and its new therapeutic Autism program.

STARS is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that serves more than 200 individuals daily at two Scottsdale locations: the Osborn Campus at 7507 E. Osborn Road, and at the Cholla Special Needs Community Campus at 11130 E. Cholla St.

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