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Barry Simon Barry Simon

Catching Up with Barry Simon, President and CEO of Oak Hill


Barry Simon was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Oak Hill, Connecticut’s largest private provider of services to people with disabilities, after serving for 20 years as Executive Director of Gilead Community Services in Middletown, CT. Throughout his career, Barry has tirelessly advocated for all aspects of disability services – in particular, the reduction of institutional care – and for the staff providing those services. His end goal is to increase care options and improve the quality of life for caregivers and recipients while reducing Connecticut's significant state deficit. Catching up with Barry nearly seven years after his appointment at Oak Hill, it is clear that he continues to make great strides in his work.

Since Barry took the helm, Oak Hill has become the parent company of Gilead Community Services and Easter Seals of Oak Hill New Haven, Fairfield County, and Camp Hemlocks, which has allowed Oak Hill to develop and expand of the continuum of disability services throughout the State. Barry has led a rightsizing initiative restructuring Group Homes and Day programs to deliver high quality care at a financially reasonable level. He has also expanded the education program to fill age, geography, and needs-based gaps and has significantly expanded employment services. In addition, Barry has implemented a new communication initiative, launching a new brand for Oak Hill; deployed technology that optimizes administrative processes and efficiency (e.g., scheduling, reporting, budgeting, payroll, internal communications); introduced an integrated outcome measurement and continuous service delivery improvement process to meet client needs better, faster, and less expensively; and has opened a new Sports and Fitness Center.

During his tenure, Barry’s involvement with non-profit boards, public policy, the business community, and health & human service committees has been extensive. He is currently involved with several non-profits, is an active participant and serves on the board of the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, and is one of the Division Chairs of the Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Division. He serves on the Board of the Metro Hartford Alliance and is also the Executive Lead for the Medicaid Innovation Working group and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Health Council. Barry has been appointed to the Governor’s Non-Profit Health & Human Services Cabinet and the IDD Partnership and also co-chairs the Public Policy Committee for Easterseals National.

Barry holds an MPA in Health Care Administration, an MA in Marital and Family Therapy and a BA in Psychology, all from the University of Connecticut. In addition to his work in the human service field, Barry has served as an adjunct professor at Middlesex Community College in the Sociology department.

Alan Wichlei and Phillip Petree led this search in 2013.