By Maggie Pascucci

Mary Green is a direct support professional (DSP) at Wildwood’s McLean IRA. Jay Benn Golden calls McLean his home. They both faced the uncertainty and turmoil brought into the world by COVID-19...and they faced it together. Mary has supported the four men who live at McLean since September 2016. The past thirteen months added an additional layer to the support she and her co-workers needed to provide the men as they all adapted to the guidelines around health and safety, both within the home and out in the community.

Since the last edition of Reaching Out, Wildwood welcomed Lisa Getman to the team as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO). This COO position was left vacant after now-CEO Lou Deepe transitioned into his current role. The process of identifying and selecting the right person for this position involved a comprehensive approach in the design of the search, hiring and interviewing process. There were several rounds of interviews conducted by Wildwood staff of all disciplines and levels in our organization. Many applicants were screened and several were chosen for interviews in a process that occurred over three months. Lisa not only met all the high standards of this position; she also will undoubtedly be a good fit in the Wildwood culture.

The Wildwood Theater Arts Players will present "Let's Make A Scene!" -- a theater arts show written by Wildwood's Adult Education students. The show will be presented virtually on Wednesday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m.

The performance will feature pairs of actors who have developed an idea together, collaboratively written the script, and will be performing their scenes.

If you would like to attend Let's Make A Scene! please RSVP to Melinda Burns at, with the subject line: show. RSVP by June 1, 2021 to receive a link to the Google Meet event! 

Wildwood is currently hiring for a variety of positions. Are you or is someone you know interested in working for a caring, compassionate, family-centric agency? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people you work for and help support? Take a look at all our openings:

The 2021 Catalog of Giving has launched! View the Catalog now at 

Presented by KeyBank and Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna LLP, and honoring the Daggett Family, the Catalog of Giving serves as the Wildwood Foundation’s premiere fundraising event. Your generosity strengthens our community and mission to enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their loved ones.

Throughout this unique, interactive alternative to our Spring Gala, we share stories of several Wildwood families and the impact they have made on Wildwood’s staff, supported individuals, and the larger community. We are inspired by their dedication to our cause and mission, and hope you feel the same


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