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New GRC Superintendent Named

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Zvia McCormick To Begin Duties July 12

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

The Iowa Department of Human Services announced Thursday that Zvia McCormick has been named superintendent of the Glenwood Resource Center.

McCormick had been the division director for residential services at the Tacachale Developmental Disability Center in Gainesville, Fla. McCormick has worked at the facility since 1983 when she was hired as a social worker. She holds a bachelor’s of social work from Hebrew University and a master’s in social work from Florida State University.

McCormick takes over for interim superintendent Kelly Brodie who assumed superintendent duties following the resignation of R. Scot Booth this spring.

In her current position at Tacachale, McCormick oversees residential, nursing, vocational and recreational services for 410 adults with various levels of disabilities. In Glenwood, she will oversee the state’s largest facility for the mentally handicapped. Nearly 300 residents, most of them with profound mental retardation and mental illnesses, and many with severe swallowing and seizure disorders, call the GRC home.

As the coordinator for all admissions and discharges for Tacachale, McCormick also assisted over 300 residents move to community-based services. Glenwood, where discharges have exceeded admissions for several years, has a similar goal of helping residents find care in community-based settings.

“Her experience in Florida meshes well with our goals at Glenwood, and we’re eager to have her aboard,” said Charles Krogmeier, director of DHS.

The appointment comes a week after Glenwood staff and residents celebrated a federal court’s determination that the facility has reached “substantial compliance” with standards of care directed by the U.S. Department of Justice in a 2004 settlement with the state.

“Our goal now is to continue the momentum, and we’re confident that Zvia McCormick will lead the way,” Krogmeier said.

McCormick is currently out of the country and was not available for comment. She will assumer her duties at the GRC on July 12.