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From social worker to CEO: It’s a one-of-a-kind story about a one-of-a-kind leader. Our President and Chief Executive Officer William R. Guarinello started his career at HeartShare in 1970 as a 20-year-old case worker when the organization was known as the Catholic Guardian Society of Brooklyn and Queens.
Over the course of the next 50 years, Guarinello steadily rose through the ranks, spearheading new programs and initiatives to assist the developmentally disabled in the wake of the Willowbrook School scandal. Guarinello became Deputy Director in 1980, Executive Director in 1985 and President and CEO in 1993. Under his leadership and vision, HeartShare established the NYS Regents-Chartered HeartShare School in 2007 and affiliated to form HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services in 2014, transforming HeartShare into the third-largest child welfare agency in New York City with more than 100 program locations serving at-risk children and families, as well as developmentally disabled clients and their families in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx and in 60 of the 62 New York State counties.
For his aspire-to-inspire approach, his out-of-the-box vision, for being the wind beneath our wings and ensuring that HeartShare soars into tomorrow, we will honor Guarinello with the first—and only—HeartShare Leadership, Innovation & Impact Award for his half-century of dedication to meeting the needs of New York’s most vulnerable. Join us at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on March 19 for the 2020 HeartShare Spring Gala!