Association for Individual Development (AID) Announces New President/CEO
The Board of Directors of the Association for Individual Development (AID) has announced its selection of a new President/CEO. Effective 2019, Lore Baker will become only the fourth President of AID in its 57-year history. Lynn O'Shea, AID's current CEO, is retiring after 20 years of remarkable leadership.
"We are delighted that Lore will be joining AID," said Patrick Flaherty, AID's Board Chairman. "She is an energetic, experienced, and passionate advocate for persons with disabilities and mental health challenges. She is well equipped to carry on the exceptional service and care families in Kane, Kendall, Dekalb and McHenry Counties have come to expect from AID. Lore will join a talented team of managers, care providers and advocates dedicated to improving the lives of people with special needs. AID's tradition of leadership, advocacy and service is in good hands."
Lore is currently the Statewide Housing and Employment First Coordinator for the State of Illinois. In this capacity, she works closely with the Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation Services Divisions of state government, as well as Health Care and Family Services, Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the State Board of Education.
Prior to working in state government, Lore served as the Executive Director of the Supportive Housing Providers Association, and operated transitional and supportive housing and intensive case management programs for Dove, Inc. in Decatur, IL. Lore earned her Bachelors and Master's Degrees from Eastern Illinois University. She brings nearly 20 years' experience in services for individuals with various disabilities.
"Lore is excited about returning to direct care", said Flaherty. "She knows that helping people stand tall is a privilege with few peers."