We are so excited to announce ARRM has selected its new CEO to succeed Bruce Nelson. Beginning on September 6, Cheryl Pray will take over leadership of ARRM.
Cheryl is a 20-year veteran in nonprofit management whose career is rooted in advocating for people with disabilities and those who support them. She began as a case counselor in a residential facility for people with disabilities, helped shape the Americans with Disabilities Act, and most recently, successfully advocated for the passage of newborn screening legislation in Minnesota as the state director for March of Dimes. In addition to being a sign language interpreter, she is currently serving as a board member for Self Driving US, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that autonomous vehicle technology delivers accessible, equitable and affordable transportation to people with disabilities.
Cheryl had this to say about her new role:
“Now more than ever the critical issues facing ARRM members demand a strong voice to ensure people with disabilities in Minnesota are living, learning, working and enjoying life in the most integrated and independent setting. I am deeply committed to providing the leadership and vision to promote the extraordinary care and services provided to people with disabilities by ARRM members.”
The ARRM Board of Directors, its staff, and our entire membership wish to extend our deepest gratitude to Bruce for his leadership and contributions. During his tenure, Bruce oversaw several successful efforts to improve the support for people with disabilities and their families while at ARRM. He is happily retiring to California to pursue new passions. We are hosting a retirement celebration for Bruce on September 15, details of which are forthcoming soon, and we hope you will join us. Bruce will remain on in an advisory role for a short time to assist with the leadership transition as ARRM prepares for an active legislative session.
“I am forever grateful to have been part of major reforms and many rate increases over the past 21 years,” Bruce said. “To be honest, the brain power and much of the hard work came from our staff and many, many members who volunteered thousands of hours and designed reforms that have improved the quality of life for Minnesotans with disabilities.”
This is a critical moment for Minnesota to be proactive in developing lasting innovations that promote the independence of people with disabilities through partnerships between advocates, policy makers and the provider community. We have the utmost confidence that the kind of collaborative leadership Cheryl has demonstrated over her impressive career will continue to drive this work to the benefit of ARRM members and the people we serve. Please join us in welcoming her!