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Denise Jones, '85Denise Jones, '85, the CEO of The Resource Center, was recently named one of Western New York's most influential people by Buffalo Business First, which recently released its "2016 Power 250" listing of the 250 most powerful people in the region. Jones was listed at No. 98.

In an article that appeared on The Resource Center's website, Jones said being included on the list was an honor.

“It’s an honor to be selected as one of the most influential people in Western New York,” she said. “Far above the personal accolades, being included on Business First’s Power 250 list represents validation of The Resource Center’s importance in the region. As Chautauqua County’s second-largest employer, we have more than 1,600 people on our payroll. We’re a major manufacturing force that anticipates performing $36 million in subcontracting work for local industry and the federal government during 2016. And The Resource Center is a critical safety-net health care provider, serving more than 10,000 people.”

Jones began working for The Resource Center in 1990 as the agency's first internal auditor. In 1997 she was named finance director. By 2004, she had become the organization's Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Executive Director for Administrative Services. Later, in 2008 was named its Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, and was named CEO in 2015. A certified public accountant, she has been directly involved in the growth of The Resource Center from an operating budget of $17 million to more than $100 million today, along with the expansive development of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

A Jamestown native, Jones is an alumna of Jamestown High School. She earned a degree in business administration at JCC and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting from SUNY Binghamton and a master's degree in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. While there, she received the program's Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for earning the highest grade-point average among her peers.

She has long been involved in the community as a board member for the Girl Scouts of America and the treasurer and a board member at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. A member of Bemus Point United Methodist Church, Jones lives in Jamestown with her husband, Steve, and their children Christopher and Dana.

 

 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 10:25am
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