Kennedy-Donovan Center Announces New President & CEO

Man's headshot photo.Foxboro, MA – April 2, 2019 – Kennedy-Donovan Center proudly announced that its Board of Directors has appointed N. Paul TonThat as President and Chief Executive Officer, after being the interim CEO since September. As CEO, he will provide executive leadership, vision, and strategic direction for Kennedy-Donovan Center (KDC) to provide essential services to support an increasing number of individuals and families across their lifespan throughout the Commonwealth.

“Kennedy-Donovan Center is excited to welcome N. Paul TonThat as our new President and CEO, based on his demonstrated ability to lead change that will make an impact on the 10,000 individuals and families we support annually,” said Bob Panessiti, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Paul has excellent leadership skills and we look forward to continuing to work with him to provide services that empower our individuals and families.”

Having come to the U.S. from Vietnam in 1975, Paul recognized how personal public policies impacted his own life and committed himself to work on the behalf of those whose lives have been marginalized. He has deep knowledge in the fields of human services, beginning at BayCove Human Services with a tenure of nearly a decade, including implementing and creating bilingual, bi-cultural homes for homeless and the mentally ill; which became a national model. He has managed successful transitions as both CEO and interim executive, with a forte in board development, fundraising, programs and strategy at organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association (Connecticut chapter) and the Brain Tumor Society. Paul has been actively engaged in partnerships and collaborations based on his experience with human service organizations.

“It is an honor and a privilege to lead KDC at this time,” said N. Paul TonThat, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Working together with the leadership team and all those who believe in a bright future for those we support- we will empower individuals and families through comprehensive and innovative services to reach their full potential in their lives.”

Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Economic-Finance from Bentley College and an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2011, he completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) program at Harvard Business School. Paul will continue to develop on the foundation set forth by KDC’s founder, Luella Hennessey Donovan, 50 years ago and he will work to fulfill the continuously growing needs of those who turn to KDC for services in the future.

About Kennedy-Donovan Center

Kennedy-Donovan Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit human service agency providing a wide range of direct and supportive services to people with developmental delays, disabilities or family challenges throughout eastern and south central Massachusetts, and the northeast corner of Connecticut. KDC serves 160 communities from ten program offices and twelve residences with over 550 employees.

Contact: Amy Chaunt
Kennedy-Donovan Center