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Wester named Community Access and Independence director

posted Nov 19, 2015, 3:21 PM by Nicole Grabowski - CDHS
Mark Wester
DENVER (Nov. 19, 2015) – Mark J. Wester, who has served in non-profit leadership roles in Colorado for the last decade, has been hired as the Director of the Office of Community Access and Independence (OCAI), CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha announced Thursday. 

Wester starts in his new position Nov. 30. He replaces Sarah Aurich, who had been serving as Acting Director and will resume her position as Deputy Director of the office.

OCAI directs the operations of programs and facilities that assist veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities. It is comprised of five divisions: Aging and Adult Services, Veterans Community Living Centers, Regional Centers, Disability Determination Services, and Vocational Rehabilitation Services. 

“This is a vital position within our Department, connecting us with some of our most vulnerable citizens,” CDHS Executive Director Reggie Bicha said. “We welcome the expertise, professionalism and leadership Mark brings to our management team.

“Along with welcoming Mark, I’d like to express my gratitude to Sarah Aurich, who stepped up without hesitation to serve as Acting Director as we looked to fill this position,” Bicha added. “I deeply appreciate her hard work and dedication to OCAI.”

Wester’s career in human services spans two decades and includes more than four years serving as Regional Director for Bethesda Lutheran Communities, Inc., based in Littleton. The national organization provides services to people with disabilities. He also served as Executive Director of Mosaic, a Colorado Springs-based, national non-profit that also provides services to people with disabilities.
Nicole Grabowski - CDHS,
Nov 19, 2015, 3:21 PM