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Mr. Thomas Lewins

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THOMAS MARTIN LEWINS, IV
19629 Shoreland Avenue
Rocky River, Ohio 441160
(440) 331-5373 (Home
Cell (216- 701-2153)
ThomasLewins@sbcglobal.net - (E-Mail)


EXPERIENCE
November 1987
to Present EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: New Avenues to Independence, Inc. (formerly Parents Volunteer Association for Retarded Children and Adults, Inc.) 17608 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio
RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for managing and administrating the entire operation of the non-profit multi-service organization primarily focused on services and supports to individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. The program consists of 9 group homes in scattered sites certified as ICF/MR (Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded), Supported Living and Home and Community based Waiver services in Ashtabula, Lake and Cuyahoga Counties for over 95 consumers, 350 staff positions and 450 volunteers. The Main Campus facility consists of a administrative support building; 4 bed Transitional Respite Program; a multipurpose complex containing an indoor therapeutic swimming pool; an approved Retired Senior Volunteer Program; Additional services include administration for Mainstream Disability Housing for 125 individual vouchers supporting over 200 individuals within a tri-county area. Children’s services include the operation of the Broadmoor Summer Program for up to 120 individuals; and the Swim and Gym Program serving 40 families. Day Habilitation Services includes pre-vocational, vocational, seniors, employment and recreational services for 60 + individuals in four counties. Home Choice provider in Erie, Medina, Summit, Cuyahoga counties. Lease review and housing inspections for Cuyahoga County board. Total individuals served (550) with a budget in excess of thirteen million dollars.

December 1986
to Present CONSULTANT : Law firms in Ohio and Indiana, Private, non-profit and for-profit ICF/MR organizations in Ohio, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.
RESPONSIBILITIES : Provide consultation on Standard of Care for both plaintiff and defendant; and State and Federal Regulations, Policy and Procedures, and Guidelines pertaining to ICF/MR services. Services include Expert witness, evaluation and analysis of standard of care regarding supports and services to individuals with disabilities; organizing, monitoring, coordinating, planning and controlling activities; and analysis, staffing, quality assurance, interdisciplinary process, behavioral programming, resident/client rights, health and safety laws and regulations, staff development/training and construction oversight. Provide consultation on State and Federal Regulations, Policy and Procedures, and Guidelines pertaining to ICF/MR services. Services include organizing, monitoring, coordinating, planning and controlling activities, analysis, staffing, quality assurance, interdisciplinary process, behavioral programming, resident/client rights, health and safety laws and regulations, staff development/training and construction oversight.

December 1986
to November 1987 ADMINISTRATOR: Internal Affairs, Office of General Counsel, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Little Rock, Arkansas.
RESPONSIBILITIES : Responsible for establishing investigative protocol, administering and supervising the conducting of investigations pertaining to client and provider misconduct, as well, as client abuse/neglect exploitation in the 7800 employee Department of Human Services.

1984 to 1986 ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER/DEPUTY DIRECTOR : Institutional Services, Developmental Disabilities Services, Little Rock, Arkansas
RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for the administration of the six Human Development Centers and the DDS Transitional Unit of the Benton State Hospital (Dual Diagnosed), with combined budgets of $49 million and 2400 employees for fiscal year 1986. Duties included directing the daily operations and planning activities. Supervised budgets and fiscal matters. Provided technical assistance in the areas of Federal and State laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
Conducted hearings as first appeal level external to the facilities for client placement/program issues, and employee grievance/termination appeals. Provided oversight for Abuse/Neglect investigations. Performed liaison duties between DDS and other State agencies, community organizations, and the public. Administered agency programs of Vocational Education, Special Education, Foster Grandparents, and Chapter I. Oversight responsibilities included Medicaid, JCAH and ACDD and ADMR/DD compliance.
1980 to 1984








1977 to 1980





1972 to 1977






1969 to 1972


SUPERINTENDENT: Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center, Warren, Arkansas
RESPONSIBILITIES : The program was an Innovative Pilot Project providing services for the developmentally disabled population, primarily for the fifteen southeastern counties of Arkansas. Duties included managing and administrating the entire operation of the center with a staff of 128 and an annual budget in excess of two million dollars. The program consisted of an ICF/MR residential component (76) residents), two off campus group homes, and a day treatment program (adults and children), Special Education, DDPC Grant, Chapter I, School Lunch and local Association for Retarded Citizen’s projects.

SUPERINTENDENT: Jonesboro Unit of the Human Development Center, Jonesboro, Arkansas
RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties included supervising and administrating the entire operation of the institution for 128 mentally retarded/developmentally disabled residents with a staff of 195 and an annual budget of approximately 2.3 million dollars. Programs included Special Education, Chapter I, State Energy Office grants, State Library grants, Vocational Education, CETA programs, School Lunch Program and Foster Grandparents Program.

DIRECTOR OF RESIDENTIAL SERVICES : Alexander Unit of Arkansas Children’s Colony, Alexander, Arkansas.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties included supervising and administrating the operation of the ICF/MR residential component, with 246 residents (profound, severe, and multi-handicapped adult, dual diagnosed, mentally impaired), 150 employees with an annual budget of one and a half million dollars. Responsibilities also included Recreation, Religious, Laundry Services and Boy Scouts.

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM SUPERVISOR: Alexander Unit of Arkansas Children’s Colony, Alexander, Arkansas
RESPONSIBILITIES: Duties included supervising staff and clients in the residential program. Supervision included 24 hour/ 7 days /week treatment programs and recreation activities for 246 residents with a staff of 140.
EDUCATION M.S., School Psychology
University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

B.S., Psychology
State College of Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

Union College Lincoln, Nebraska
No degree

High School Diploma
Ozark Academy, Gentry, Arkansas


LICENSES/
CERTIFICATIONS • Psychological Examiner 76-14E
• Arkansas Nursing Home Administrator # 214-inactive
• QMRP (Qualified Mental Retardation Professional in Human Services)
• Management Training Program -University of Alabama -Birmingham, Alabama

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS • American Association on Mental Deficiency
• Ohio Arc
• American Arc
• Cuyahoga County Arc (Center form Mental Retardation)
• Ohio Provider Resource Association - former Board Member
• Government Affairs Committee - (Former Chairman)
• Former Treasurer of OPRA PAC
• American Network of Community Opportunities and Resources – former member Board of Representatives and Board of Directors
• ANCOR Foundation - Founding Board Member, Former Treasurer
• Ohio Coalition of Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities
• Cuyahoga County Consortium of Residential Providers- inactive
• Lake County Residential Provider
• National Fire Protection Association
• Building Owners & Managers Association International
• Values Based Venturing Cooperative Founding Chairman
• American Health Care Association
• Ohio Health Care Association
• Ohio Non-Profit Association
• American Psychological Association - inactive member
• Arkansas Psychological Association - inactive member
• Southeast Arkansas Psychological Association - inactive
• National Association of Superintendents of Public Residential
• Facilities – inactive
Awards • Lion of the Year Award 1981-82
• President’s Award, Lions Club 1983-84
• Personalities of the South Award 1984
• Who’s Who of American Business Leaders 1994
• Exceptional Parent Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award 2005
• ANCOR FOUNDATION – Legacy Leader Award, September 2010
Presentations -Lectures • Creighead County Community College-
• Cleveland State University
• University of Arkansas at Little Rock
• Ohio Provider Resources Association
• Ohio Health Care Association
• Ohio County Boards Association
• American Network of Community Options and Resources