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CORD Leadership

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Coreen Brinckerhoff

CEO & Chairman of the Board

Coreen has nearly 25 years of experience in the disability rights and nonprofit management industry. She has been with CORD for over 23 years where she has overseen the growth of the organization from $450,000 to over $1 million in revenues. She is a recognized industry thought leader in designing and implementing innovative business processes and consumer focused programs that allow CORD to better utilize tax-payer dollars more efficiently and effectively.

In her years as the director and CEO, Coreen has served on many boards and committees including the Town of Barnstable Disability Commission and Human Services Committee; the Workforce Investment Board Disability Advisory Committee; the Dept. of Transitional Assistance Cape & Islands Advisory Board; the Barnstable County Health & Human Services Advisory Committee; the Sight Loss Services Board of Directors, the Rotary Council of Cape Cod & the Islands, among others. Coreen is a Paul Harris Fellow and the past president of the Rotary Club of Barnstable Sunrise.

Coreen and her husband live in Hyannis where they enjoy watching the Patriots win Super Bowls, reading, and watching scary movies.

Michael Magnant

Mike Magnant

President & COO

Mike has more than 20 years of leadership experience in industries from manufacturing to telecommunications. Mike began his adventure at CORD as an unpaid volunteer, as a job coach, business mentor and then full-time as COO and then President. As President, Mike works with senior leadership on all ventures and programs that contribute to maintaining high-quality services to all our consumers.

Previous to CORD, Mike held various senior roles at Point Imaging and KMC Telecom. He holds a B.S. from Salem State University where he graduated Cum Laude.

Mike volunteers regularly to pick-up trash around town. You can find his locally famous sidekick, “Freddy the Trash Talking Dog,” on Facebook. Mike loves the game of golf but “only plays for fun.”

Gretchen Arvanitopoulos

Gretchen Arvanitopoulos

Vice President

At CORD, Gretchen oversees staff, manages volunteers and programs including TAP, Bridges to Success and Mobile Food Pantry. She has been advocating for people with disabilities since she was very young as her brother has multiple disabilities and has and continues to be in his corner fighting for whatever he needs. She is driven and inspired to give strength to those that need it most.

Prior to joining CORD in October 2017, Gretchen was self-employed as an educational advocate. She is Wrights Law trained and has extensive experience with mediation and hearings. She started out in college majoring in criminal justice and quickly switched to education in her second year.

Gretchen resides in Osterville with her husband, two boys, two dogs and four goats. In her free time, she enjoys her family, quilting, walking the dogs and goats, shoe shopping and being on the water.

Cathy Taylor

Cathy Taylor

Director of Services

As Director of Services, Cathy’s responsibility is in training services, organization management and systems advocacy. She also has been involved as a Peer Assistive Technology Specialist where she was responsible for educating people with disabilities and organizations on assistive technology; ADA Specialist where she was responsible for training people on and advocating around the Americans with Disabilities Act; Systems Advocate where she worked on disability rights campaigns and Assistant Director. Cathy was involved in many projects including training Massachusetts Department of Public Health vendors on creating detailed ADA policies and getting CORD’s Mobile Food Pantry up and running.

Cathy credits her son, who has multiple disabilities, for her passion for disability rights. Cathy has served on the Board of the Cape Cod Challenger Club, volunteers her time with Mid Cape Sports, a local Special Olympics team and is a Civilian Block Captain for the Yarmouth Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Program.

CORD is one of 10 centers for independent living in Massachusetts. CORD has been working since 1984 to advance the independence, productivity and integration of people with disabilities into mainstream society.

CORD does not have housing. We are able to assist our consumers through the process of finding affordable housing.

No, we have an advocate available on a walk-in basis Monday through Friday from 1pm to 5pm.

CORD does not have funding to dispense however, we are able to assist with finding needed resources and applying for them.

CORD is run by people with disabilities so we understand our consumers and the barriers they face.

“I love the faces on people once they have met a long time goal.”

“CORD provides an opportunity to connect, at the grassroots, with consumers as a work in progress. We encourage consumers to grasp what is within their reach, and/or to rethink their reach, in a nurturing peer environment.”

“In no other job have I been able to make such a big difference in the lives of so many people, including my own son. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

“I have the privilege of working and being a consumer for myself and my daughter and I am empowered to help myself and my daughter and advocate for consumers based on my knowledge.”

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