Denise Jones was named executive director at The Resource Center in March 2015, succeeding Paul Cesana, who retired that month after 27 years in the position. An employee of The Resource Center since 1990, Denise, who is a certified public accountant, joined TRC as its first internal auditor. She worked in that capacity until 1997, when she was named finance director. In 2004, she was named chief financial officer and assistant executive director for administrative services. 

In 2007, Denise was named associate executive director and chief operating officer. In that role, she was responsible for providing executive leadership and support to all components of agency operations; providing executive-level guidance and support to all departments; helping to guide the delveopment and execution of strategic plans and outcomes management; supporting the coordination of interdepartmental policies, procedures, and operational activities; and assisting in ensuring the financial stability and growth of The Resource Center through the development and oversight of business planning, long-term financial plans, and service and financial oversight of support and service departments. 

As executive director, Denise will helm an organization that is now Chautauqua County's second-largest employer, with more than 1,700 employees serving more than 17,000 individuals. The organization's annual operating budget is nearly $100 million.

Denise earned an Associate of Science in business administration from JCC and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting from Binghamton University. She later earned a Master of Science in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. 

The Resource Center has supported people with disabilities and their families since 1958. For more information, visit them online.

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 8:43am
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