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Scott Isbrandt named by Ascentria Care Alliance as VP of Transitional Services

Worcester, MA – Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human service nonprofits in New England, announced it has hired Scott Isbrandt as Vice President of Transitional Services.

The newly created position is responsible for multi-state leadership of eight programs in three business units in MA, NH and VT, with a combined budget of nine million dollars.

“We were looking for an innovative, entrepreneurial thinker,” said Tim Johnstone, COO for Ascentria, “and we certainly found such a leader in Scott Isbrandt. Transitional services are at the core of Ascentria’s strategy for serving people who are in transition – from basic needs, crisis or other challenge – and connecting them to the services, interventions and opportunities needed for them to achieve success and well-being.”

The service areas covered by transitional services include refugee resettlement and placement, education programs for refugees and immigrants, legal services for foreign-born Americans and victims of sexual trafficking and abuse, nutrition education, employment counseling and placement, services for entrepreneurs to start or grow a business, as well as Good News Garage transportation programs and services for children and families. In total, they include over sixty employees serving more than two thousand clients.

The Vice President of Transitional Services will help create and execute strategies for growing Ascentria’s capacity to develop new social programs that support partnerships with employers and health care providers.

Scott Isbrandt is a long-time advocate for education and entrepreneurship, as a means to catalyze economic empowerment to promote sustainable community development. He has led community development programs that resulted in the startup and growth of thousands of successful micro-enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa, and also has designed innovative ed-tech solutions for students in the U.S. and micro-enterprises internationally. He holds a master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and a bachelor’s degree in Cinema and Photography from the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. Additionally, he has led several multi-million dollar USAID-funded awards across sub-Saharan Africa, promoting education, workforce development as well as food security and nutrition.

“Joining the team at Ascentria is an incredible opportunity. Ascentria has a long history of excellence in delivering critical services to empower people and strengthen communities. This commitment to community development resonates very closely with my personal belief that accompaniment in education, entrepreneurship and workforce development increases resilience and socio-economic well-being.”

About Ascentria Care Alliance 
As one of the largest nonprofit, human service organizations in New England, Ascentria Care Alliance empowers people of all backgrounds to rise together and reach beyond life’s challenges. We use an innovative human-centered care model to help individuals and families in transition to move forward and thrive – physically, intellectually, socially, spiritually and economically.
 
With many locations throughout the region, Ascentria serves children, youth and families; persons with developmental and mental disabilities; refugees, including unaccompanied refugee minors; those who are economically disadvantaged; older adults and the elderly.
 
Through productive collaborations and partnerships, we create measurable, positive impact that enriches our communities. Inspired by our faith-based heritage and guided by compassion, courage and integrity, we envision a world in which everyone can realize their fullest potential and share with others in need.

Posted on: October 15, 2019
Topics: Staff Changes | Something New

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