Conder named next Executive Director of Opportunity Center

August 3, 2022 | 12:07 am

Updated August 3, 2022 | 12:17 am

Rosemary Conder has been named the next Executive Director of the Opportunity Center of Owensboro, effective Aug. 15. Conder will replace Sally Phillips, who is retiring from the position at the end of the month.

In 1956, a group of dedicated parents created the Opportunity Center to provide a school for children with disabilities. The center has evolved drastically over the years, all while operating under one mission: providing training, advocacy, and support to individuals with disabilities so they can feel empowered to achieve their life goals. 

In 2021, the agency consolidated two working sites into one at 3560 New Hartford Road, and legally changed its name from Arc of Owensboro to the Opportunity Center of Owensboro. 

The center offers services through the Supports for Community Living and Michelle P. Medicaid waivers. Those services range from adult day training and case management to community living supports and personal care services. 

“I am excited to work with the Opportunity Center board and staff as we move into the next phase of service for our clients,” Conder said. “I am honored to be involved with an organization whose mission is to empower the abilities of those we serve and increase awareness and understanding of the gift the disabled are to the fiber of our community.”

Conder has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as Executive Director of CASA of Ohio Valley. She has previously served as a registered nurse and diabetes educator while also serving as an owner, property manager and property developer for multiple businesses in Owensboro.

Conder serves on multiple boards including the Hager Educational Foundation, Kentucky Youth Advocates, and The Center of Owensboro. She is a member of the Bloom Kentucky Advisory Committee, Greater Owensboro Partnership for Early Childhood Development, Owensboro-Daviess County Drug Steering Committee, and Impact 100 Agency.

Tammy Maglinger, president of the center’s board of directors, said they are fortunate to have Conder take over leadership of the nonprofit. 

“Her innovative leadership, positivity, care and progressive thinking will take the Opportunity Center to the next level,” Maglinger said. “Rosemary will position the nonprofit to be a statewide leader for the people we serve in advocacy, programming, and community engagement.”

August 3, 2022 | 12:07 am

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