Parent Network of WNY is excited to announce Kimberly Kadziolka as their new Executive Director.
Kimberly will step into the role following the retirement of Susan Barlow in June. Barlow will be retiring after 42 years working in the disability community, 20 of which at Parent Network of WNY.
Parent Network of WNY board member, Janice McKinnie stated, “Ms. Kadziolka brings a wealth of talent and years of experience to help lead and collaborate in the entire WNY community. Susan Barlow has made such an impact; and we credit her and the amazing staff with putting Parent Network on the map.”
Kimberly Kadziolka has worked more than 30 years in multiple systems including the disability, behavioral health, child welfare and juvenile justice system. Most recently she is working with individuals returning to Western New York following incarceration. In addition, Kimberly has worked as an adjunct instructor at Genesee Community College and Empire State College.
Kimberly says, “I am very excited to join the team at Parent Network of WNY. Over the years, I often referred families to PN because of the excellent reputation in the community and the outstanding services they provide. To be able to join an organization in this way is a dream come true, because my focus will be to ensure this excellence continues and to assess how we can expand and grow services. Community partnership is a true strength of Parent Network, and I plan to explore my connections to see how we might be able to collaborate and serve the community.”
Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the University at Buffalo, her master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Buffalo State College, and her educational doctorate in Health Administration from D’Youville University.
Kimberly serves on the Board of Directors of Journey’s End Refugee Services, BRICK Buffalo Academy, and Unique Theatre Company, a theater for individuals with varying disabilities. In 2020, she was awarded an Exemplary Service Award for her work in human services by D’Youville University.
“I’ve been so fortunate to work in a cross section of systems, and I am very proud of the impact my work has made. I’ve learned that people are more similar than we are different. Everyone wants to reach their full potential, and in some way we all need help to do this. I can’t think of a career that is more rewarding than empowering others.” Kimberly mentioned.
Kimberly resides in Buffalo and loves everything about the area; the food, the Bills and Sabres, festivals, Lake Erie, and the four seasons. But most of all, she loves the people of Western New York.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled knowing Kimberly will be taking over when I step down this summer. I truly look forward to watching Parent Network of WNY continuously grow and flourish.” Susan Barlow stated.
Parent Network of WNY’s board member Brad Watts, “We will continue to meet the needs of parents, caregivers, stakeholders and most of all our children with IDD/DD and other special needs to be productive and succeed academically through advocacy and empowerment in the future of our society. As we embark on this change of leadership, our dynamic board has confidence in our new Executive Director and spectacular staff.”