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STAR, Inc. Executive Director Passes Torch after 40 Years of Service New Fairfield Resident to Take the Helm in January

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way…is excited to announce that MaryGrace Giuliano will become the organization’s Executive Director on January 8, 2024, following a nationwide search to replace retiring Executive Director, Katie Banzhaf.  Ms. Banzhaf, who recently passed a forty-year milestone at STAR, announced her plans to retire last spring

MaryGrace Giuliano has over 30 years’ experience serving children, families, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Institutes for Applied Dynamics in Tarrytown, NY and resides in Connecticut.  Previously, she was the Director of Disability Services in the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities appointed by the Governor of New York. She has her B.S. in Social Work from Marist College, H.R. Certificate from Villanova University, and M.S. Social Work from Fordham University. After her recent tour of STAR offices, visit to a group home, and meetings with directors, staff, self-advocates and the board of directors, MaryGrace shared, “I am inspired by how deeply the STAR family cares for the individuals, staff, families and each other.  I look forward to joining this dedicated team and contributing to STAR’s sustained success in the future.”

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