CICOA Announces CEO Departure

POSTED: March 18, 2019

CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions, a nonprofit serving older adults and people with disabilities in Central Indiana since 1974, today announced that Orion Bell has resigned as President and CEO effective April 12, 2019. Bell has accepted the position of President and CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland, Ohio, beginning the week of April 22.

Anne DePrez, Chair of the CICOA Board of Directors, said, “The Board is thankful for Orion’s service and strategic leadership over the past 11 years. Under his guidance, CICOA has become an innovator and recognized leader among Area Agencies on Aging nationwide. It is because of these achievements that he attracted the attention of the prestigious Benjamin Rose Institute.”

“We are happy to welcome Orion Bell to Cleveland and look forward to working with him on leading Benjamin Rose as we continue to grow in our second century,” said Board Chairperson Cynthia Dunn. “He brings a breadth of experience in nonprofit management and aging services to Benjamin Rose and understands the challenges and opportunities in the field of aging.”

The CICOA Board will conduct a nationwide search for Bell’s successor. In the interim, CICOA’s Chief Operating Officer Mary Durell will oversee the transition until the appointment of a new CEO.

“Serving as CEO for CICOA has been a highpoint of my career,” Bell said. “Together, the staff and volunteers have accomplished many great things. We have seen tremendous growth in our services. And we have developed a reputation locally and nationally as a leader in collaborations with healthcare to address social determinants of health and the Triple Aim of better care, better population health, and lower cost. I am proud of the things we have accomplished, and I am grateful and humble to be part of the team that made all this happen.”

During Bell’s tenure, CICOA’s annual budget doubled from $13 million to $27 million in Fiscal Year 2019, with an annual economic impact of more than $100 million through services, grants and vendor payments. CICOA’s care managed population grew from 2,753 to 8,528, and the organization achieved accreditation for its Flourish care management service. CICOA also recently moved into new headquarters.

Before joining CICOA in 2008, Bell worked in a variety of capacities at the American Red Cross, including the Director of Chapter Operations Support for the Great Lakes Service Area; CEO of the Fort Worth, Texas, chapter; Executive Director of the Topeka, Kan., chapter; and Assistant General Manager of the Louisville, Ky., chapter.

About Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging: Founded in 1908, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging (www.benrose.org) is a Cleveland-based nonprofit whose mission is to advance support for older adults and caregivers. Our work is accomplished by deepening the understanding of their evolving needs in a changing society; developing and delivering innovative, high-quality solutions; and promoting effective public policies.

About CICOA: CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions (www.cicoa.org) is a nonprofit organization and the designated Aging and Disability Resource Center serving Central Indiana. CICOA provides a wide range of services for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers, including care management, home health care, home-delivered and neighborhood meals, transportation, home accessibility modifications, respite care and caregiver assistance.

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