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Posted by Avenues in News on 8/24/2023

August 18, 2023

The Avenues to Independence Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Stephen Kray has been named as the next President & Chief Executive Officer of Avenues to Independence, effective Sept. 1, 2023. Stephen has over 16 years of experience in the human services field, 13 of those working with individuals with developmental disabilities. He has a willingness to do whatever it takes to get a job done, a thirst to learn more, and a sincere love for Avenues, our clients and our staff.

Stephen has been at Avenues for 13 years, and most recently served as Director of Residential Programs where he has successfully enhanced the quality of life for all the individuals we serve. He was instrumental in leading Avenues through the pandemic, he has implemented systems to enhance care for our clients and increase the efficiency of our staff, and he has continually worked to improve the quality and care of our homes.

Stephen represents an understanding of Intellectual/Developmental Disability services at all levels. Importantly, Stephen brings a deep respect for all professionals at Avenues to Independence, asserting that this success will be guided by his blend of leadership, strategic vision and passion for Avenues and the people we serve.

Stephen notes: “I am honored to take on the role of President and CEO of Avenues to Independence. With unwavering commitment, I look forward to leading our agency to new heights, empowering positive change, and fostering an environment where our clients can accomplish great things.”

Stephen was born and raised in Schaumburg, IL, is married and has two young daughters. Stephen earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Augustana College. In addition, Stephen is an Illinois VIrtual Leadership Institute graduate and holds certifications in both Nonprofit Management and Nonprofit Financial Management.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Stephen Kray to the position of CEO and President of Avenues to Independence!

Linda Buggy

Chair, Board of Directors

Avenues for Independence engaged Kittleman & Associates to conduct a search for its new President & Chief Executive Officer. Kittleman & Associates is a national executive search firm that specializes in the recruitment of CEOs for tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, public charities and philanthropic organizations. Kittleman recruits leaders for the entire nonprofit sector including human services, foundations, and advocacy organizations. For more information, visit


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