For Immediate Release Contact: F.T. Burden, 410-576-5070 ext. 13
AIRS/Empire Homes of Maryland
Announces NEW LEADERSHIP
Baltimore, MD (August 10, 2009) – AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) and Empire Homes of Maryland (EHM), which are among the city’s largest providers of housing and supportive services to homeless and/or disabled individuals and families announced major leadership changes today resulting from an organizational structure review process jointly promulgated by their respective Boards. This review process was undertaken in an effort to create greater efficiency and integration as well as eliminate redundancies between the two organizations.
As a result of the organization’s restructure plan, the AIRS and EHM Boards of Directors have appointed F.T. Burden as the new President and CEO of AIRS and EHM effective as of Monday, August 10, 2009. In this position, Mr. Burden will be responsible for the performance and results of both organizations. Mr. Burden has served 8 years in various leadership roles within the two organizations, and his appointment is expected to further unify their operations. Since founding EHM, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRS in 2006, Mr. Burden has been its Executive Director and has led the organization to three consecutive years of operating surpluses. In this role, Mr. Burden has developed 53 housing units, and currently has 55 units in production.
Prior to becoming Executive Director of EHM, Mr. Burden served as Deputy Executive Director for AIRS for 3 years where he supervised case management and program activities. In this position, he implemented many innovative policies and procedures that enhanced the organization’s case management services.
Mr. Burden is a current Weinberg Fellow, a graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program class of 2008, the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program class of 2003, and is President of the Board of Community Housing Associates. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master’s Degree from The Carey School of Business at Johns Hopkins University.
To ensure a smooth and seamless transition, Mr. Burden will retain the current staff. He will also strategically add personnel to increase organizational capacity.
David Currey, Chairman of the AIRS Board of Directors stated, “the Boards of both AIRS and EHM have witnessed the passion and commitment that F.T. brings to both organizations as exhibited through the success of his work over the past eight years with us. He is assembling a spectacular leadership team and we are unanimous in our commitment to support him and his vision for a dynamic future and the strategic growth of both organizations moving forward.”
Claudia Wilson Randall, Chair of the EHM Board of Directors and member of the AIRS Board stated, “by revamping our organizational structure we have achieved a remarkably committed, experienced and driven leadership team that will propel both organizations to the next level.”
In response to the announcement of his appointment, F.T. Burden stated, “I am humbled and privileged to serve AIRS and EHM in this new combined position. Our plans for the future are realistically audacious and will have profoundly positive impact on the lives of the individuals that we serve. I look forward to working collaboratively with my Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Directors to improve support for our employees and clients.”
Other changes in Senior Management announced today:
Nancy Strohminger has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Programs. Ms. Strohminger has been Director of Programs for 3 years and in her new role she will be responsible for oversight of all programs, including the Adult Permanent Housing programs, Don Miller Homes, GEAR,
AIRS provides comprehensive supportive housing services to enhance quality of life, emphasizing self-sufficiency for low-income and homeless individuals and families living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS or other disabilities.
For more information go to the AIRS’ website at www.airshome.org
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Empire Homes of Maryland, Inc. (EHM), a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRS, is a non-profit Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) whose mission is to develop, manage, and maintain affordable residential properties, for low-income people and those with disabilities.
For more information go to the EHM’s website at www.ehmaryland.org
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