Connections - 12.19.19

Comings & Goings: December 2019

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Champaign Residential Services, Inc.

URBANA, OH: Than Johnson (left), Champaign Residential Services, Inc. (CRSI) CEO since 1983, is retiring on December 31. He started his career as a teacher and a coach. His immersion into the field of developmental disabilities started in the 1970s when he worked as a part-time house parent. Than was one of the original founders of CRSI. His over 40-year career there has spanned the move from institutional care to community-based services. 

Over the years, he has been extremely active at both the state and national levels. He has served as president of OPRA, one of the Ohio provider associations, and served on countless committees there.

At ANCOR, Than has been a tireless volunteer and advocate, with his primary interest in our government relations committees and public policy work. He served multiple terms on the ANCOR Board of Directors — holding a variety of offices, including two terms as President. Than has always been readily available to ANCOR staff, whether it be to come to Washington, DC, to testify before Congress, attend meetings on Capitol Hill, or anything else we have asked of him!  Than won’t be spending every day of his “retirement” playing golf, though; he intends to continue serving on both the state and national levels advocating on behalf of people with developmental disabilities. Hopefully, he will continue to pop in now and then at the ANCOR office, as he has done for many years.

Scott DeLong (right), currently President and CFO at CRSI, will move into the CEO position. Scott began working for CRSI in 1999 as a regional accountant and was later promoted to Controller. In 2007, he was appointed CFO and in 2012 was named President. Scott has been active with ANCOR on a number of committees and is also very involved on a state level.


TOLEDO, OH: ANCOR Gold Partner Solana recently welcomed Billy Burns as Vice President of Sales. He will be based in Solana’s Toledo Work Hub, managing and developing a portfolio of accounts across the country.

Burns joined the Solana team from Invitae where he served as Regional Sales Manager for the Greater Detroit Area. Through his 20+ years of sales experience, a majority of which has been in oncology and women’s health, he has become an expert in relationship building and account retention.

“I am very pleased to have Billy on our Solana team,” said Doug Nafziger, CEO at Solana. “His deep experience in the healthcare space will help us develop a broader market approach to delivering our outstanding technologies and services to human services care providers around the country.”

Together with the sales associates he manages, Burns will focus on growth, both increasing core revenue and entry into new markets, commencing in 2020.

Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin (VOA) announced that Julie Manworren, who serves on the ANCOR Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of ANCOR’s Government Relations Committee, will become President & CEO effective February 28, 2020. Manworren succeeds Paula Hart, whose retirement was covered in a previous edition of Comings & Goings. Manworren is currently President & CEO of Living Well Disability Services, located in Mendota Heights, MN. She has led Living Well since 2012 and directs a workforce of 600. She brings over 35 years of experience working in a variety of complex health and human services nonprofits. It was noted by the Chair of the  VOA Board that, “Julie brings an exceptional combination of energy, compassion and proven leadership.”

At VOA, Manworren will take leadership of one of the largest health and human services nonprofits in the region, serving more than 25,000 people in more than 110 neighborhoods and communities across Minnesota and Wisconsin with a workforce of 800 employees and 1,400 volunteers.