Prospect, Inc. recently announced that its Board of Directors appointed Audria Frattini as Executive Director.
The position is effective February 27, according to Frattini. Former CEO Eric Thompson retired in July 2016.
Frattini has worked with Prospect since January 2007.
"Ms. Frattini was chosen for her knowledge and experience in providing support service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities," said Chairperson Jan Hallmark. "Ms. Frattini has been serving in the interim role since last July. During that time, she has worked diligently to refocus Prospect on its core services. In that process, she has initiated several changes that have brought improvements to the agency's programs and the individuals it serves."
Frattini obtained her Master's Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation from Auburn University.
"When I think of my vision for Prospect, I can't help but remember what I learned at a very early age. I have a 28-year-old brother with Down Syndrome, and growing up, I watched my parents advocate day in and day out for him," Frattini told the Wilson Post.
"I saw first-hand all the good that results from giving opportunities to someone with a disability. But what was the most surprising was that it wasn't just my brother who gained, it was also each and every person who has ever had the opportunity to meet him. My upbringing taught me that our world is a better place when we have the chance to get to know someone who is different from ourselves."
Frattini said that Prospect has supported hundreds of people who have unique gifts and talents.
"I want to continue to strengthen the relationships we already have, and for those who don't know Prospect, I want to introduce us ... I'm thrilled to get to share our stories, so that everyone has the chance to meet the gem we have right here in our backyard."